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My mom has had a distended stomach for months. She recently had radiation for breast cancer. Docs have done several tests. Nothing is showing up. Help?

My mom has had a distended stomach for months. She recently had radiation for breast cancer. Docs have done several tests. Nothing is showing up. Help?

Monitoring needed: The cause of abdominal distention can be many. It is not hard to find the cause. A ct can of the abdomen can show all that is there. It could be fat, fluid or growths in the abdomen, all of which will show in the ct scan. So get one done. If ct scan does not show anything then there is nothing serious going on in the abdomen. ...Read more

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

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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How do cachectics avoid a distended stomach from malnutrition?

Protien : The reason malnurished pts have distended abdomens is because of fluid accumulation and is called ascites. Protien and Albumin hold fluids in the vessels . Malnurished pts have low levels of these and fluids escape the vesels and accumulate in the abdomen. Supplements rich in protien may help ...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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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?

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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Do you think I should go to the doctor for a painful distended stomach?

Do you think I should go to the doctor for a painful distended stomach?

Yes: You need to be examined by a physician and between you and him/her decide what needs to be done especially if condition is acute in nature i.E of recent onset. ...Read more

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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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What would a hard distended stomach under the breast mean?

What would a hard distended stomach under the breast mean?

Symptoms: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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Prilosec vs Pepcid (famotidine) vs probiotics for distended stomach?

The answer...: ....To what will help with a distended abdomen depends entirely on the cause of the distention. Probiotics are helpful with a lot of digestive issues, if you take them regularly. The two meds you mention reduce stomach acid and are unlikely to help with distention. If this is happening often, look to your diet for a solution. This problem is often diet related. ...Read more

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

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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My whole back hurts, I have bad distended stomach and ascites. Is this normal with my condition?

My whole back hurts, I have bad distended stomach and ascites. Is this normal with my condition?

Good question: 1. Change of center of gravity, with swollen abdomen like ascites , other condition like pregnancy, obesity can load the spine to cause back pain. I would discuss with your pcp re:physical therapy. ...Read more

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4 year old suspected of pseudo obstruction due to severe abdominal distention. What is the best test for this?

Abdominal x ray: If she has abdominal distention with vomiting , she needs to go to ER for immediate attention . ...Read more

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Swollen Abdomen (Definition)

An enlarging abdomen over what is normal for you, can develop over a period of hours to weeks. This excludes obesity, common causes are gas in the intestine, fluid in the abdomen, pregnancy, and rarely cancer. A CAT scan or ultrasound will show what is going on. Would be helpful to know if there are other symptoms, such as pain, ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more