Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Abdomen - swollen

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Definition

A swollen abdomen is when your belly area is bigger than usual.

See also: Abdominal girth


Alternative Names

Swollen belly; Swelling in the abdomen; Abdominal distention; Distended abdomen


Common Causes

Abdominal swelling, or distention, is more often caused by overeating than by a serious illness. This problem can be caused by:

  • Air swallowing (a nervous habit)
  • Buildup of fluid in the abdomen (this can be a sign of a serious medical problem)
  • Gas in the intestines from eating foods that are high in fiber (such as fruits and vegetables)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Ovarian cyst
  • Partial bowel blockage
  • Pregnancy
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Weight gain


Review Date: 10/30/2010
Reviewed By: Linda Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (www.urac.org)