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Abdomen - swollen

  • 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