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How much should I worry about abdominal distension?

How much should I worry about abdominal distension?

Depends: Abdominal distension is a very vague symptom, it could mean something as simple as gas or something more worrisome. Associated symptoms will help determine what to do next. My recommendation is a good history and physical exam by your physician will help determine how to proceed. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Swollen Belly (Definition)

Abdominal swelling, or distention, is more often caused by overeating than by a serious illness. This problem can be caused by: air swallowing (a nervous habit), buildup of fluid in the abdomen (this can be a sign of a serious medical problem), gas in the intestines from eating foods that are high in fiber (such as fruits and vegetables), irritable ...Read more


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What causes my abdominal distension?

What causes my abdominal distension?

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. ...Read more

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Can you die from abdominal distension?

Can you die from abdominal distension?

Yes but not from: From the distension itself, but from what may be causing the distension. ...Read more

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Is abdominal distension a sign of some disease?

Is abdominal distension a sign of some disease?

It depends ...: Abdominal distension is a non-specific finding ... It can represent the entire gamut of medical conditions, from mild constipation to life-threatening intestinal ischemia. It's significance needs to be taken in context with a large number of other factors. ...Read more

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Can I die from abdominal distension if I ignore it?

Can I die from abdominal distension if I ignore it?

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. ...Read more

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Is it normal for someone to have abdominal distension?

Is it normal for someone to have abdominal distension?

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. ...Read more

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I started getting abdominal distension a couple of days ago. Will I be back to normal by next week?

I started getting abdominal distension a couple of days ago.  Will I be back to normal by next week?

Maybe: Difficult to tell without diagnosing the cause by taking a good history an examining you, so please see a doctor if not getting better. ...Read more

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What do doctors do for abdominal distension?

What do doctors do for abdominal distension?

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. ...Read more

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What is cause of abdominal distension and belching ?

Maybe your diet: I would keep a food diary . Do you have it every night? What did you have for dinner the nights you do have it? Food diary may answer these questions and solve your misery. ...Read more

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How long does abdominal distension associated with volvulus last?

How long does abdominal distension associated with volvulus last?

Minimal: Once the volvulus is relieved the distension will resolve. If mechanical relief of volvulus is used then relief should be fairly rapid. If surgery is used it may be a few days for the ileus to resolve. ...Read more