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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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Distended stomach after hernia repair. How long to get back to normal.

Several weeks: This is very common, and usually takes several weeks to return to normal, but don;t worry, because the distension will go down. As always, if you think something is really wrong, contact your surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What causes that feeling of being gassy or having a distended stomach after eating?

Aerophagia versus...: Aerophagia (swallowed air) distends stomach & may result in burping. Also, gassiness/ stomach distension after meals can reflect: 1) partial gastric outlet obstruction due to gastritis/ulcer; 2) pyloric narrowing from scar; 3) gastroparesis due to delayed emptying of stomach (as w/diabetic gut neuropathy); 4) bacterial overgrowth in gut; 5) any malabsorption; 6) pancreatic maldigestion 7) lots more. ...Read more

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