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How long can I wait with abdominal distension to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
5 doctors agree

In brief: Short time

Sometimes abdominal distension is transient and associated with flu or constipation or just something we ate.
It should be short-lived and not associated with pain, nausea, or vomiting. If so, then see a doctor.

In brief: Short time

Sometimes abdominal distension is transient and associated with flu or constipation or just something we ate.
It should be short-lived and not associated with pain, nausea, or vomiting. If so, then see a doctor.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Dr. Troy Reyna
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Distended abdomen

Is your distension acute, &/or associated with fever, nausea, vomiting, bleeding? If so, please get medical attention now.
If, on the other hand, associated with painful constipation then consider possible c-ibs. Medical evaluation under the rome 3 criteria can exclude obstruction, ileus, ischemic disease, tumors, dysmotilities of the gut, rectal dysfunction. Urgency of care depends on the cause.

In brief: Distended abdomen

Is your distension acute, &/or associated with fever, nausea, vomiting, bleeding? If so, please get medical attention now.
If, on the other hand, associated with painful constipation then consider possible c-ibs. Medical evaluation under the rome 3 criteria can exclude obstruction, ileus, ischemic disease, tumors, dysmotilities of the gut, rectal dysfunction. Urgency of care depends on the cause.
Dr. Charles Cattano
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