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Dr. Adam Steinlauf
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What is the definition or description of: distended stomach?

What is the definition or description of: distended stomach?

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 is less common and is indicative of some other process such as obstruction or crohn's. This is more concerning and needs work-up. Motility disorders can also cause bloat such as gastroparesis which also needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Distended Stomach (Definition)

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 is less common and is indicative of some other process such as obstruction or crohn's. This is more concerning and needs work-up. Motility disorders can also cause bloat such as gastroparesis which also ...Read more


Dr. Donald Colantino
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Distended stomach and discomfort. But no pain?

Distended stomach and discomfort. But no pain?

?gas: Bloating of the abdomen is usually due to gaseous accumulation although fluid build-up or enlarged organs or aortic aneurysm can cause abdominal distension. To relieve gaseous distension drink hot water and apply a hot water bottle to the abdomen which helps break down gas build-up and enables you to pass it. Taking simethicone after meals prevents the gas build-up. See your Physician as needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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What can cause a constant hard distended stomach?

What can cause a constant hard distended stomach?

Lots of things: Distension after meals suggests gastroparesis (a slow stomach) or dysmotility of the small or large intestine. Distension is often reported by irritable bowel syndrome patients who exhibit no structural pathology. Partial or complete obstruction of the bowel can cause distenstion. Accumulation of ascites fluid (benign or malignant causes), pregnancy, organ enlargement, herniation are others. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Glassman
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Distended stomach all day despite only having eaten an apple over 12 hours ago. Is it normal for this to continue even when not eating?

Distended stomach all day despite only having eaten an apple over 12 hours ago. Is it normal for this to continue even when not eating?

Abdominal Distension: Abdominal distension is usually, and especially in your case, due to intestinal gas that may or may not be related to what you ate. Often people with particular food allergies can experience this. In my experience, digestive enzymes (over the counter) can help with people who suffer chronically from this. But the bottom line is that it is not serious unless associated with severe pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Dean Giannone
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I'm having symptoms of bloated and distended stomach regardless of diet, tried everything please help?

I'm having symptoms of bloated and distended stomach regardless of diet, tried everything please help?

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 root of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Teitel
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What does it mean to have a distended stomach and diarrhea?

What does it mean to have a distended stomach and diarrhea?

Gastroenteritis: Often, acute mild abdominal distention and diarrhea is due to either bacterial or viral infections of the intestinal tract, which are usually self-limited. This may also be due to irritable bowel syndrome, or food intolerances. Less frequently, serious disorders such as intestinal obstruction or ischemia is responsible. If the symptoms persist, consultation with your doctor is imperative. ...Read more

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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What kind of hernia or condition...Can cause distended stomach, balls lower than usual?

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 can allow the guts to push out with upright position, coughing, lifting, or straining. Since an inguinal hernia is closely associated with the cord that goes to the testicle, it can push the testicle lower in the scrotum or enlarge the scrotum. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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What can my husband do about distended stomach and smelly gas?

What can my husband do about distended stomach and smelly gas?

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, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts), carbonated beverages. Gas-x (simethicone) can help in many cases. Lactaid provides the missing enzyme for digesting milk sugar. Beano has enzyme that helps digest oligosaccharides in beans & peanuts. ...Read more

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Dr. Jordan Rush
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Is it usual to feel better, then start having pain again on right side two weeks after lap appendectomy? Feel nautious, distended stomach still.

Is it usual to feel better, then start having pain again on right side two weeks after lap appendectomy? Feel nautious, distended stomach still.

Appendix : I would speak to your surgeon about this and get yourself check out to rule out post op complication or alternative diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Thompson
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Ascites - distended stomach size is not decreasing. What to do?

Evaluation: A distended stomach is not ascites. An extended abdomen (area below the diaphram) may be from ascites. In any case an evaluation of the cause is needed. If ascites then imaging and likely a paracentesis for fluid analysis (diagnostic) and distension relief (therapeutic) may be performed. Ascites can be caused by liver disease, cancer, inflammation/infection (eg tb), and many other causes. ...Read more

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