Serum Anti-Vinculin Antibody Titers in Gastroparesis Patients: A Prospective Study (IRB no. 34670)
This study focuses on patients who are undergoing treatment for gastroparesis. Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a condition consisting of a partial paralysis of the stomach, resulting in food remaining in the stomach for an abnormally long time. Researchers will analyze serum in gastroparesis patients to determine whether there is a relationship between disease and presence of antibodies that bind to the human protein, vinculin. Antibodies are substances produced by the body to fight infection. Participants’ blood will be drawn during a regularly scheduled appointment; this sample will be analyzed for anti-vinculin antibody levels.
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- Patients with gastroparesis who are seen at the GI Motility Clinic
- Non-English speakers
Mark Pimentel, MD