Abdominal spasms - Definition

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Abdominal spasms are involuntary contractions of the digestive muscles in the abdomen. These muscles are not voluntary contracted or relaxed, and function automatically in order to carry our peristalsis, the mechanism that forces food to progress through the digestive system. Abdominal spasms manifest in sudden attacks that cause pain or discomfort, sometimes lasting a few seconds, sometimes many hours or even days. These spasms can also be accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or bowel movement disorders. They can be secondary to an abdominal condition, but can also manifest idiopathically, that is without any obvious cause.