A 45-year-old member asked:
can you die from abdominal distension?
2 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: Abdominal distension is a symptom that can be associated with many different diseases including gallbladder disease, (diabetic) gastroparesis, irritable bowel syndrome, (intestinal) cancer, bowel obstructions, just to name a few. In order to find the cause, we need to do a full examination often supplemented with blood tests and x-rays. Although rare, some of these problems can be life-threatening.
Breast Surgery 37 years experience
Yes but not from: From the distension itself, but from what may be causing the distension.
Can I die from abdominal distension if I ignore it?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
General Surgery 20 years experience
Maybe: Abdominal distension is a symptom that can have many different underlying causes. It may be as simple as gas bloat but could be as serious as a tumor. You should start by seeing your pcp or general medical practitioner so they can start the appropriate workup.
Last updated Mar 22, 2020
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