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Various conditions can cause the distended abdomen. It is also described as ‘bloating’ among people. This is commonly caused by gas in the stomach and intestines.

Conditions that cause Abdominal distension

  • Ascites
  • Intestinal parasite infection (coccidiosis, fasciolosis, giardiasis, hookworm:  ancylostomiasis and necatoriasis, Strongyloidiasis)
  • Gastroparesis
  • Bowel obstruction (volvulus)
  • Ileus
  • Toxic megacolon
  • Abdominal or Pelvic mass
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Organomegaly
  • Whipple’s disease
  • Coeliac disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Kwashiorkor
  • Pregnancy

Abdominal-Distension INFOGRAPHICS

 

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