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Abdominal Distention

Abnormal distention is a condition in which the abdomen is swollen outward. It involves the feeling of being bloated. It can be due to overeating, constipation, pregnancy, menstruation, or underlying disease.

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9 months old child has swallowed balloon. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 9 months old and has swallowed balloon. Post that he had food. He had no breathing problem. Now he is sleeping. What should I do now?  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please give the child laxative food like banana, rice, etc., to help the child pass stool. Usually, the balloon should come out from stools in 24 hours if it has gone into the stomach. It is less likely that it may have gone into the wind pipe because there is no bre...  Read Full »

A 3-year-old girl swallowed a magnet 11 days ago. What is the management?

Query: Hello doctor, My 3-year-old granddaughter swallowed a thin magnet 11 days ago. We have been three times to the ER for X-rays. It is in the lower intestine but has not moved for several days. Today at the hospital, the surgeon said they would not attempt a colonoscopy or any procedure. If it remains ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, what is described by the surgeon is right. However, I would advise for you to feed the child more of bananas so that it may help to push the magnet out. In such a case, we need to watch out for any intestinal obstruction that may result due to the magnet. This c...  Read Full »

Can Glycerin suppository be used twice a week for a 2-month-old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My two month old daughter started passing stool irregularly, from the past eight days. She was passing a lot of gas, but it did not smell. Seeing no improvement, we took her to the pediatrician, who said she had gas in her stomach. So, he gave her Decolic, Neopeptine, and Glycerin supp...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This must probably be your first child, that is why this query. Please note that children under the age of six months may pass stools either 10 to 15 times a month or once in 2 to 3 days. And it is absolutely normal. You should be worried only if the child has not pa...  Read Full »

I have a distended abdomen post-laparoscopy. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a laparoscopy done five weeks ago and also a D and C was done. When I woke up from it, I had an extremely distended abdomen. It was hot to touch and obviously swollen. I was told that this was from the oxygen they used. Since that night, my belly is always gurgling and distended. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your belly should have been normal by this time. If it is still swollen, then you should do an ultrasound test of the abdomen to see if there is any problem.   Read Full »

Why does my son crave for cement and not food?

Query: Hello doctor, My 9-year-old son has less diet than his peers since the age of 5 years. After regular deworming, he still craves to eat cement and tastes it. 10 months back, he was found anemic and was treated for the same. Now for the last five to six months, his stomach has come out (bloated) and p...  Read Full »

Dr. Hardika Kothari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the age of your child, his weight and height are fine. There is no stunning or wasting indicating any malnutrition. Height of both parents would help in the assessment of his growth potential. Kindly mention the height of mother and father also. You have ment...  Read Full »

I ate a lot of junk food yesterday and now feel that my abdomen is distended. Kindly suggest a treatment.

Query: Hello doctor,Yesterday, I ate a homemade salad for brunch and later in the evening, I ate panipuri from two different vendors with a time gap of maybe 30 minutes. At around 7:00 PM, I had some veg hakka noodles and a mixed fruit shake. After coming back home, I ate a mango as I was feeling that my a...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your case history in detail. This seems to be infective colitis or enterocolitis because of eating out likely. My suggestions include the following. 1) Take a soft diet home-cooked or hygienic diet at the hostel and drink plenty of water. 2) Regular yo...  Read Full »

What does high ALT and AST values with abdominal distension in chronic alcoholic indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 49 years old and I have been drinking approximately 350 ml of vodka every day for approximately 10-15 years. I also have smoked half pack a day for 30 years but just recently quit. For the past year and a half (maybe even two years) I have had diarrhea daily. I went to a doctor w...  Read Full »

Dr. Patel Hirenkumar Prakashbhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I think there are multiple issues. You need proper workup. Your ALT (alanine transaminase) / AST (aspartate transaminase) are due to alcohol-related liver disease, better is to do USG (ultrasound) abdomen. Other issues are, I had gone through your blood reports (at...  Read Full »

Can playing badminton lead to a shifting nature of pain, especially in the temple region?

Query: Hello doctor, This question is regarding my 10-year-old son. He takes professional coaching for badminton and plays for almost four hours daily for the last four months. Ever since he started playing badminton, he complains of occasional neck pain, shoulder pain, and back pain. His coach said that ...  Read Full »

Dr. Brungi Mahesh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to history, the pain is mainly because of postural problems and lack of physical training. The shifting nature of pain is not due to the ice bath. It might be psychological. I suggest you consult a sports physiotherapist and change his postures (posture t...  Read Full »

I am an 80-year-old male with a distended abdomen with a dark bruise over it. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, In an 80-year-old male weighing 255 pounds and 6 feet in height, a dark bruise on the abdomen with a distended abdomen is seen. There is no incident of physical trauma. The bruise appeared approximately 12 to 14 days ago and has darkened in color around the edges while the lighter cent...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your case history and attached images of the abdomen (the attachment has been removed to protect the patient's identity). This is an abdominal bruise that is due to the rupture of small subcutaneous blood vessels or capillaries. There are multiple reaso...  Read Full »

Kindly review my father's report and give a suitable treatment plan for his symptoms.

Query: Hello doctor, My father has a distended abdomen, fatigue, and occasional breathlessness on walking. I have attached the reports of my father. We are quite concerned seeing his low eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate), pre-diabetes values, cholesterol, etc. Please guide us on the best course ...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw his reports (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). His liver function test, thyroid function test, and complete hemogram are all normal. There is a slight increase in his serum creatinine, and the rest of his kidney function test is with...  Read Full »

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