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A 46-year-old member asked:

how much should i worry about abdominal swelling?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Yes, worry about it: 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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A 40-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is abdominal swelling?

2 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Frederick Shieh
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Many possibilities: Many things can cause abdominal swelling - it can be fluid, masses (e.g. Cancer), hernias, bleeding, and others. Imaging of your belly will help provide an answer, as well as the clinical scenario.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Do doctors see a lot of patients with abdominal swelling?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Yes: It's often a benign problem, sometimes more serious.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for abdominal swelling?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Abdominal swelling: The most common serious cause of abdominal swelling is cirrhosis of the liver which results in fluid retention in the abdominal cavity (ascites). Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by alcohol, but can be due to infections, clots, toxins. Treatment of the swelling in this case is with potent diuretics, but it remains critical to determine the cause. Allergic reactions and vasculitis also can do this.
A member asked:

At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about abdominal swelling. Is that ok?

1 doctor answer10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Let your doctor know: It is always good policy to, and most physicians welcome when you, express medical concerns. Never hesitate to communicate with your doctor--he needs to hear from you. The two most important pieces of information upon which a physician bases his diagnosis and treatment plan is 1) patient history and 2) physical exam. Thanks in advance for helping us help you, so call or e-mail him/her soon.
A member asked:

Is it normal for someone to have abdominal swelling?

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Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Abdominal swelling: No. The cause of the swelling should be identified to treat it.

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