Abdominal bloating

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Gastroenterology

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  • Stomach has a lot of gas

  • Stomach feels swollen

  • Rapid increase in waist girth

  • Waist size increasing quickly

  • Feeling bloated after meals

  • Stomach bloating

  • Bloated stomach

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

Description

Abdominal bloating is a condition where the belly feels full and tight, often due to gas.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Abdominal pain

  • Edema

  • Recent weight loss

  • Vomiting of blood

  • Fever

  • Melena (black stools)

  • Jaundice

  • Sensation of incomplete voiding

Possible Causes

  • Aerophagia

    Excessive and repetitive swallowing of air, resulting in symptoms of burping and flatulence. It can be caused by psychological reasons or habits, or use of machines that assist in breathing (CPAP machines).

  • Helicobacter pylori infection

    Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori, is a bacteria that is commonly found in the stomach of approximately half the world's population.The vast majority of people have no symptoms. However, H. pylori is capable of causing a number of digestive problems, including ulcers and, rarely, stomach cancer. H. pylori bacteria may spread through direct contact with saliva, vomit, feces or contaminated food or water.

  • Cirrhosis of the liver

    A condition where normal liver is permanently damaged and replaced with scar issue. There are many different causes including infections, alcohol abuse and diabetes.

  • Constipation
  • Functional dyspepsia
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Acute gastric volvulus
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you feel that your abdomen (stomach) is bloated or has a lot of gas?

  • Has your abdominal circumference (waist size) increased rapidly?

  • Do you feel uncomfortably bloated after meals?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have hard stools or constipation recently?

Other Related Symptoms

Symptoms from the same body system / part

Medically Reviewed By:

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Gastroenterology

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