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A 34-year-old member asked:

what causes my abdominal distension?

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Dr. Imran Saeed
Colon and Rectal Surgery 19 years experience
Could be several: Things. You need a physical examination by a health care professional to rule out any conditions such as bowel obstruction which require urgent attention. I can't explain all of it here but the bottom line is that causes could be acute and chronic such as infection, tumor, bowel obstruction which could be functional and mechanical, and ascites in addition to a lot others. Please see you fam doc.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What do doctors do for abdominal distension?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Find the cause.: Abdominal distension is a symptom that can be associated with a lot of different diseases including gallbladder disease, (diabetic) gastroparesis, irritable bowel syndrome, (intestinal) cancer, 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. Thankfully, we usually get to the cause pretty quickly.
A 35-year-old member asked:

what kind of treatment can somebody get for abdominal distension?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Abdominal distension: A distended abdomen is only normal during pregnancy or after an enormous meal. If persistent or recurrent, you are best served by a medical evaluation to localize what's swollen, and what can be done to fix it. This question was recently asked on healthtap, so i refer you to that answer which details the differential diagnosis of abdominal swelling, and what questions to expect from your doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for someone to have abdominal distension?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Abdominal distension: A distended abdomen is only normal during pregnancy or after an enormous meal. If persistent or recurrent, you are best served by a medical evaluation to localize what's swollen, and what can be done to fix it. This question was recently asked on healthtap, so i refer you to that answer which details the differential diagnosis of abdominal swelling, and what questions to expect from your doctor.
A member asked:

How long can I wait with abdominal distension to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Distended abdomen: Is your distension acute, &/or associated with fever, nausea, vomiting, bleeding? If so, please get medical attention now. If, on the other hand, associated with painful constipation then consider possible c-ibs. Medical evaluation under the rome 3 criteria can exclude obstruction, ileus, ischemic disease, tumors, dysmotilities of the gut, rectal dysfunction. Urgency of care depends on the cause.
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How much should I worry about abdominal distension?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Take seriously: If abdominal distension is associated with vomiting and pain and obstipation(inability to pass gas or stool) you should seek attention.

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