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Understanding Bloating and Distension

Bloating can be described as the feeling that there is an inflated balloon in the abdomen. It is a commonly reported symptom and is sometimes associated with distension, or the visible increase in the width of the area between your hips and chest (abdominal girth). Both bloating and distension cause discomfort, and sometimes pain, and have a negative impact on the quality of life for some individuals.

Topics: bloating, distension, Fact Sheet, Gas, Bloating, Belching

About the Author

  • Max Schmulson, M.D.

    Professor of Medicine National Autonomous University of Mexico-UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico

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