Meteorism - Definition

March 2017


Definition


Meteorism, also called tympanites, is a symptom that refers to a swollen abdomen, generated by the increase in the amount of intestinal gas, exerting more pressure than usual inside the digestive system, causing various discomforts, especially more or less intense pain and flatulence to eliminate the gas. The causes of meteorism are generally benign, such as the act of swallowing too much air while eating, or excessive fermentation caused by bacteria of the intestinal flora. Abdominal palpation accompanied, or not, by an x-ray of the abdomen or sometimes a CT scan is sometimes done. Simple dietary advice are usually enough to make the bothersome symptoms disappear, use of certain drugs are sometimes recommended.

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