What Is Abdominal Distension?
Abdominal distension occurs when the abdomen becomes swollen or bloated and is visibly noticeable with an increase in the width of your belly. It is often accompanied by bloating. Patients may describe their condition as swelling or like they have a balloon in their belly. HOMEPAGE Distension is different from bloating in that bloating is most often felt, but visibly noticeable, while distension is an obvious swelling or extension of the abdominal area. Some people may even appear to be pregnant due to the amount of swelling and distension in the abdomen.
What Causes Abdominal Distension?
Abdominal distension can be caused by a number of factors or conditions including:
- Excessive gas in the intestine
- Abnormal bacterial and microorganism levels in the small intestine
- Food intolerances
- Liver disease
- Uterine disorders
How Is the Cause of Abdominal Distension Diagnosed?
If you experience abdominal distension, your doctor at Gastroenterology of Westchester will perform a thorough examination. He will want to know if you have been experiencing excessive gas, nausea, or vomiting if your bowel movements have changed, if your distension seems worse after eating certain foods, and if you have any pain in your abdomen. The doctor will run a variety of tests to determine the root cause of your abdominal distension. Tests may include stool analysis, blood work, x-rays, barium swallow tests, barium enemas, colonic transit studies, upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, biopsies, gastric emptying tests and esophageal, antroduodenal, or anorectal manometry. Once the cause of your abdominal distension is accurately diagnosed the doctor will create a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs. If you have a distended abdomen, you should make an appointment with the physicians at Gastroenterology of Westchester for assessment to determine the cause of your abdominal distension and to receive treatment to relieve your symptoms and treat the root cause.