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Flatulence (Gas) (cont.)

What are other causes of excessive flatulence or gas?

Certain conditions can result in other foods being poorly absorbed in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, allowing for increased bacterial activity.

  • Malabsorption syndromes can be the result of decreased production of enzymes by the pancreas or problems with the gallbladder or lining of the intestines.
  • SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is a condition in which there is an increase in the number and/or alteration of the bacterial types in the upper gastrointestinal track that may result in bloating, flatulence, abdominal and/or gas pain discomfort and diarrhea. The syndrome is usually associated with small intestinal motility disorders, and is treated with antibiotics.
  • If transit through the colon is slowed down for any reason, bacteria have increased opportunity to ferment remaining material. If a person is constipated or has decreased bowel function for any reason, flatulence can develop.
  • Alterations in bowel habits can be a result of the following:

When to seek medical care for excessive flatulence or gas

Seek medical attention whenever symptoms other than simply excess flatulence occur such as:

  • Gas pain(s)
  • Severe crampy abdominal discomfort
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Blood in the stool
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain and swelling, particularly in the right lower part of the abdomen
  • Chronic flatulence
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/1/2016

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