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What are some causes for free-air in an abdomen other than a perforated bowel?

What are some causes for free-air in an abdomen other than a perforated bowel?

Recent surgery: Usually perforated bowel. however if the patient had a recent surgery or abdominal procedure, there can be free air in the abdomen for a few days.

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If done improperly, can a Transvaginal Ultrasound cause a perforation which could result in free-air in the abdomen?

If done improperly, can a Transvaginal Ultrasound cause a perforation which could result in free-air in the abdomen?

In theory only: Have never seen or heard of it in over 30 years. Perhaps if ultrasound was done shortly after a hysterectomy and opened the cuff. Would think it would require considerable force.

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Should I be concerned that after 8 months the source and cause for free air in my abdomen has not been found AND I am still in considerable pain?

Should I be concerned that after 8 months the source and cause for free air in my abdomen has not been found AND I am still in considerable pain?

Free air should be gone by now: There should be no free air left from any procedures done in your abdomen by now. So the cause of your pain may be something else completely's separate. You should get a second opinion from a gastroenterologist to find out what could be causing your current pain. This would be a wise solution, so you won't have to keep taking Percocet, and building tolerance to its effects.

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A 50 year-old woman has unexplained weight loss and abdominal pain with no apparent cause.....?

A 50 year-old woman has unexplained weight loss and abdominal pain with no apparent cause.....?

Weight loss: I understand your concern. Follow through with physicians and specialists for possible Diagnosis of Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, Peptic ulcer, Chronic Pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease, Malabsorption, Hepatitis or Cancer. See Psychiatrist for depression with painful feelings due to stresses of relationship, marriage, separation, parenting, lack of support from family and unresolved conflicts.

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What can cause upper stomach to swell twice it's size, round and hard like a basketball? Not preg., CT scan showed no free fluid/air, enlarged ovary 4 x 4.5 - urinalysis w/ blood, protein and lg leuk

What can cause upper stomach to swell twice it's size, round and hard like a basketball? Not preg., CT scan showed no free fluid/air, enlarged ovary 4 x 4.5 - urinalysis w/ blood, protein and lg leuk

Bowel gas: Once you have confirmed that the ovary is not a concern you have ruled out most of the more serious causes. A bladder infection should not cause those symptoms. A bacterial overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract with or without problems digesting carbohydrates can be a set up for fermentation and gas production which can produce significant bloating. Start with a good probiotic and follow up.

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Is my abdomen pains caused by eating a lot of sugar free gum.?

It's not acceptable!: Swallowing chewing gum is very common problem, almost a habit for some people. You will need to be very careful doing that obviously it is a good idea to stop eating gums. There are several reasons why it is not safe. You are absolutely right thinking that the abdominal pain may directly related to the issue. If you feel that the pain is constant and isn't going away soon, check with doctor.

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Can you get "free-air" in your abdomen from a transvaginal ultrasound?

Can you get "free-air" in your abdomen from a transvaginal ultrasound?

No.: A transvaginal US uses a probe that does not release any kind of air. It is solid and it is only meant to transmit images of your inner pelvic organs. It should not cause any issues with your abdomen or bowels.

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Bowel perf. In June. Chest X-ray elevated right diaphragm. Thought it was from free air in abdomen. Sniff test shows not improved. Any thoughts?

Bowel perf. In June. Chest X-ray elevated right diaphragm. Thought it was from free air in abdomen. Sniff test shows not improved. Any thoughts?

Diaphragm paralysis?: Hi, how did u perforate the bowel? Trauma? If that so, possibly you have damaged either the Diaphragm or Phrenic nerve which innervates the Diaphragm, which might have caused paralysis of the Diaphragm. If you have shortness of breath especially when lying down, you might want to see a Thoracic surgeon for possible repair. Good luck.

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What do multiple air levels on an abdominal xray mean? What are possible causes?

What do multiple air levels on an abdominal xray mean? What are possible causes?

See answer: I’m assuming the air / fluid levels were within normal bowel. Both air and fluid is normally present in the stomach, large, and small bowel and appears as a straight line, a level, on erect films. With obstruction, the bowel may have air / fluid levels but would be distended. Air/ fluid levels should not be present outside of stomach or bowel.

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Foul smelling discharge for6 mnths, back&abdominal pain with irritation, free fluid noted in pod. What's cause? What wil happen? Sometimes bleeds bw periods

See your doctor.: You most likely have an infection, which will require some tests to to diagnose and treat. Do this asap to prevent permanent damage and/or acute illness.

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Extreme abdominal distention episodes. No distention on CT (no air, fluid, or distended bowel...Nothing). What could cause this confusing result?

Extreme abdominal distention episodes. No distention on CT (no air, fluid, or distended bowel...Nothing). What could cause this confusing result?

Chameleons vs Static: Humans change status. 2 issues: (1) like most medical tests, only issues present at moment of the test show; not previous or future issues. (2) the range of "normal" (as defined by medical industry: the central 96% of usual) is huge. I have seen many examples of radiologists calling images normal when the issue is quite visible within the images. Get ; examine the images yourself with assistance.

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Pelvic/Transvag sono on 8/22 showed partially ruptured ovarian cyst with small amount of free fluid. Would this cause bloating and abdominal fullness?

Pelvic/Transvag sono on 8/22 showed partially ruptured ovarian cyst with small amount of free fluid. Would this cause bloating and abdominal fullness?

Yes: When you ovulate, a cyst on your ovary ruptures to release the egg, and some fluid escapes into your abdomen. This can cause an initial sharp pain, or a sense of fullness or bloating. If it gets worse, or doesn't go away within 2-3 days, see your doctor.

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Can ovarian cyst rupture (free fluid in uterus) cause upper & lower abdominal pain, pelvic pain, menstrual cramps, back pain, thigh pain?

Yes: Ovarian cysts can definitely rupture. Typically the fluid from a ruptured cyst is going to flow down to the bottom of the pelvis. It's possible that there are some issues with inflammation, possibly endometriosis, in the uterus causing the free fluid. Definitely when a cyst ruptures it can cause pain throughout the abdomen. See your doctor if you are in pain. Good luck.

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35 year-old woman was found incidentally to have chromophobe renal cell carcinoma and mesenteric follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma 3 years ago and.....?

35 year-old woman was found incidentally to have chromophobe renal cell carcinoma and mesenteric follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma 3 years ago and.....?

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Typically at night, laying down it feels like I can't exhale. Like there is air trapped in my belly. What would cause this?

Typically at night, laying down it feels like I can't exhale. Like there is air trapped in my belly. What would cause this?

Air trapped?: Generally when one has trouble exhaling (as opposed to an unsatisfying inspiration or air hunger) the suggestion is of airways obstruction. Asthma is the commonest cause. Are you allergic to dust, dander, or other material in and around your bed? Alternatively, if it only occurs lying down, you could have upper airway obstruction. See an ENT doctor.

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Will Prilosec caused trapped air in my stomach?

Will Prilosec caused trapped air in my stomach?

Not a bit: But the conditions it is used for will. Ulcer, hiatal hernia, reflux all feel like trapped air. Prilosec mostly helps some/all of the symptoms associated with those.

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Is it possible to have a free tummy tuck since child bearing has caused my tummy to stretch, and have a pouch?

Is it possible to have a free tummy tuck since child bearing has caused my tummy to stretch, and have a pouch?

Low cost not free: Some plastic surgery training programs offer low cost alternatives to tummy tucks (witch hazel) by having qualified staff performed by residents supervised by professors.

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