Rumination Follow-up

Updated: Feb 17, 2015
  • Author: Cynthia R Ellis, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Complications of rumination may include some or all of the following:

  • Malnutrition
  • Weight loss
  • Gastric disorders
  • Upper respiratory distress
  • Dental problems
  • Aspiration
  • Choking
  • Pneumonia
  • Social isolation and/or compromise at attempts at community integration because peers and caregivers find interaction with these individuals unpleasant
  • Halitosis
  • Death


Little is known about the natural history and long-term outcome of individuals with rumination syndrome. The disorder remits spontaneously in infants more often than in older individuals. Rumination may persist for months to years.