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    Abdominal Fullness or Bloating

    Topic Overview

    Abdominal fullness or bloating occurs when excess gas builds up in the digestive tract.

    Common causes of gas include:

    • Swallowed air. If swallowed air is not burped up, it passes through the digestive tract and is released through the anus as gas (flatus). Excessive air swallowing may cause hiccups.
    • Gas-producing foods and drinks, such as beans, broccoli, carbonated drinks, and beer. The amount of gas that different foods cause varies from person to person.
    • Constipation. This can cause bloating but generally does not increase gas.
    • The side effects of medicines or supplements, such as opioid pain medications, vitamins, iron supplements, and many medications that are used to treat constipation.
    • Changing hormone levels. Many women feel bloated right before their periods because their bodies retain fluid.
    • Pregnancy.
    • Weakened abdominal muscles caused by pregnancy or abdominal surgery.
    • Obesity.

    Occasionally, excess gas and bloating may be caused by a more serious medical problem, such as a bowel obstruction, liver problems, gallbladder disease, or cancer.

    Treatment depends on what is causing the problem. Call your doctor for a checkup if you have abdominal fullness or bloating that has not gotten better or gone away with home treatment.

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    Current as of: June 26, 2019

    Author: Healthwise Staff
    Medical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
    Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
    Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine


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