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what does a distended stomach mean

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Symptoms: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/c ... Read More

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alessandra Bertolucci
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Need to drink: Dehydration will cause thirst, headache and possible palpitation. Need a glass of water, .
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
21 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Possible overgrowth: Oftentimes, stomach distension and discomfort can complicate a history of irritable bowel syndrome. The cause is often that of small intestinal bacte ... Read More
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
?gas: Bloating of the abdomen is usually due to gaseous accumulation although fluid build-up or enlarged organs or aortic aneurysm can cause abdominal diste ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Lots of things: Distension after meals suggests gastroparesis (a slow stomach) or dysmotility of the small or large intestine. Distension is often reported by irritab ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Steinlauf
29 years experience Gastroenterology
Bloat: A distended stomach results from air in bowel loops. Air in the colon can result in bloat. The passage of gas can relieve this. Air in small bowel ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Get evaluated.: There could be something wrong. At the least, you may need some blood testing, abdominal ultrasound, abdominal CT scan and perhaps EGD to get to the ... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Gas; distention: Can be caused by swallowing air, dairy products in people who lack enzyme to break down milk sugar, beans & peanuts, cruciferous veggies (broccoli, ca ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
32 years experience General Surgery
Inguinal hernia: Depending on where your stomach is distended, it sounds as if you may have an inguinal (groin) hernia -- a weakness in the abdominal wall muscles that ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Cause?: It would depend on the cause of your bloating and distension. If you have a viral gastroenteritis then it would be normal in the course of that illne ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
Protien : The reason malnurished pts have distended abdomens is because of fluid accumulation and is called ascites. Protien and Albumin hold fluids in the ves ... Read More
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