A simple, realistic stochastic model of Gastric Emptying

J. Yokrattanasak, A. De Gaetano, S. Panunzi, P. Satiracoo, Wayne M. Lawton, Y. Lenbury

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    Abstract

    © 2016 Yokrattanasak et al.This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Several models of Gastric Emptying (GE) have been employed in the past to represent the rate of delivery of stomach contents to the duodenum and jejunum. These models have all used a deterministic form (algebraic equations or ordinary differential equations), considering GE as a continuous, smooth process in time. However, GE is known to occur as a sequence of spurts, irregular both in size and in timing. Hence, we formulate a simple stochastic process model, able to represent the irregular decrements of gastric contents after a meal. The model is calibrated on existing literature data and provides consistent predictions of the observed variability in the emptying trajectories. This approach may be useful in metabolic modeling, since it describes well and explains the apparently heterogeneous GE experimental results in situations where common gastric mechanics across subjects would be expected.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPLoS One
    Volume11
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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