Oral pectin appears to have a therapeutic effect in gastric dumping syndrome. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Pectin in the dumping syndrome: reduction of symptoms and plasma volume changes.
Lancet. 1981 May 16;1(8229):1075-8. PMID: 6112448
Twelve patients with the dumping syndrome took on one occasion oral hypertonic glucose and on another a similar glucose drink to which pectin was added. After glucose alone eleven patients had symptoms; after glucose with pectin, six had no symptoms and in five symptoms were reduced. Plasma volume changes were significantly less after glucose with pectin, and the hypoglycaemia at 120 min after glucose alone did not occur after glucose with pectin in patients in whom symptoms were abolished. Gastric emptying was prolonged, and serum insulin levels were lower, after glucose with pectin. In those patients to whom gastric emptying rate reverted to near normal with pectin, symptoms were abolished, but symptoms were only reduced in number when gastric emptying, although slowed, remained rapid. The findings suggest that pectin and similar substances may be useful in the day-to-day management of patients with dumping symptoms.