Abdominal distension (gaseous)

Swelling of the abdomen resulting from excessive food intake, malnutrition, liver disease, primary abdominal tumors, and tumors metastatic to the abdominal cavity.

Symptoms of Abdominal distension (gaseous)

The following features are indicative of Abdominal distension (gaseous):
  • abdominal pain
  • altered bowel frequency
  • bloating

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Common Causes of Abdominal distension (gaseous)

The following are the most common causes of Abdominal distension (gaseous):
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • digestive problems
  • overeating
  • swallowing air
  • constipation
  • gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)

Risk Factors for Abdominal distension (gaseous)

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Abdominal distension (gaseous):
  • lactose intolerance
  • small bowel bacterial overgrowth
  • weight gain
  • ascites
  • tumors
  • celiac disease
  • dumping syndrome
  • ovarian cancer
  • pancreatic insufficiency

Prevention of Abdominal distension (gaseous)

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Abdominal distension (gaseous). Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • stop smoking
  • eat slowly
  • avoid gas-producing foods
  • avoid chewing gum or carbonated drinks
  • avoid foods with high levels of fructose or sorbitol

Occurrence of Abdominal distension (gaseous)

Common Gender

Abdominal distension (gaseous) can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Abdominal distension (gaseous)

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Abdominal distension (gaseous):
  • MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging): To diagnose gas and fluid changes in the bowel

Complications of Abdominal distension (gaseous) if untreated

It is not know if Abdominal distension (gaseous) causes complications if left untreated.

Self-care for Abdominal distension (gaseous)

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Abdominal distension (gaseous):
  • stay away from carbonated drinks
  • avoid gas-producing foods
  • avoid chewing gum
  • avoid foods with high levels of fructose or sorbitol
  • stop smoking
  • eat slowly

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Abdominal distension (gaseous)

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Abdominal distension (gaseous):
  • Kiwifruit Extract: To promote both laxation and gastric motility
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: To relieve symptoms by enabling patients to cope with the disease

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Abdominal distension (gaseous).

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