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Abdominal bloating

Definition

Abdominal bloating is a condition in which the abdomen (belly) feels full and tight.

Alternative Names

Bloating; Meteorism

Causes

Important but uncommon causes of abdominal bloating include ascites and tumors, such as those arising from ovarian cancer.

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Review Date: 3/8/2008
Reviewed By: Christian Stone, MD, Division of Gastroenterology, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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