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Bloating and Distention: How to Manage These Common Complaints  Medscape

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Hello. I'm Dr David Johnson, professor of medicine and chief of gastroenterology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Welcome back to another GI Common Concerns.

Today I wanted to highlight a brilliant review article by Dr Brian Lacy and his colleagues at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, which discusses a very common problem: the management of chronic abdominal distention and bloating.

Abdominal bloating is characterized by the subjective symptoms of trapped gas, abdominal pressure, and fullness. In contrast, abdominal distention reflects an objective physical transition of abdominal girth.

These dual issues are commonly encountered, with a prevalence in the general population ranging anywhere from 16% to 31%. In patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it may be in the range of 66%-90%. They're also more common in patients with constipation and in women.

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