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How much should I worry about abdominal swelling?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Yes, worry about it

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: Yes, worry about it

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
Dr. Charles Cattano
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