Review Article: Abdominal Bloating and Distension in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders - Epidemiology and Exploration of Possible Mechanisms
by A. Agrawal; P. J. Whorwell; Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Summary: A sensation of abdominal bloating, sometimes accompanied by an increase in girth (distension), is one of the most common and most intrusive features of functional bowel disorders.
by Richard Lea, MD; Peter J. Whorwell, MD, MedGenMed Gastroenterology, From Medscape General Medicine
Definition of Bloating and Distension, In the literature, the terms "bloating" and "distension" are largely used synonymously, relying more on patient descriptions rather than on any attempt to record an actual change in girth.
by R. J. Saad; W. D. Chey, Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Summary. Functional dyspepsia represents a heterogeneous group of gastrointestinal disorders marked by the presence of upper abdominal pain or discomfort. Although its precise definition has evolved over the last several decades, this disorder remains shrouded in controversy. The symptoms of functional dyspepsia may overlap with those of other functional bowel disorders including irritable bowel syndrome and non-erosive reflux disease.