What Causes Painful Gas?

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Definition

Gas, also called flatus or flatulence, is air in the intestine that is passed through the rectum. Air that is passed from the digestive tract through the mouth is called belching.


Alternative Names

Flatulence (flatus)


Considerations

Gas is formed in the intestines as food is being digested. Gas can make you feel bloated, which may cause crampy or colicky abdominal pain.


Common Causes

Gas can be caused by any of the following:

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