Rumination Follow-up

Updated: Oct 01, 2019
  • 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.