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What causes abdominal distension?

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Posted on Wed, 18 May 2016
Question: why in just the last few years has my stomach started to protrude and now its like I'm 6 months pregnany
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Answered by Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
life style inquiry, abdominal ultrasound (ct scan)

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks for the query

Lifestyle changes could explain partly. In case you have become more sedantry, take more alcohol, eat a lot of saturated fat, this could lead to an increased size of the abdomen.

Some conditions like mashed, cysts , abdominal tumours and fluid in the abdomen could also present as such with increased abdominal size. Excessive gas could increase size of abdomen.

A proper inquiry with regards to your lifestyle, clinical examination and an abdominal ultrasound (ct scan if need be) could be most helpful in making a definitive diagnosis.

Thanks and kind regards

Dr Bain
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What causes abdominal distension?

Brief Answer: life style inquiry, abdominal ultrasound (ct scan) Detailed Answer: Hi and thanks for the query Lifestyle changes could explain partly. In case you have become more sedantry, take more alcohol, eat a lot of saturated fat, this could lead to an increased size of the abdomen. Some conditions like mashed, cysts , abdominal tumours and fluid in the abdomen could also present as such with increased abdominal size. Excessive gas could increase size of abdomen. A proper inquiry with regards to your lifestyle, clinical examination and an abdominal ultrasound (ct scan if need be) could be most helpful in making a definitive diagnosis. Thanks and kind regards Dr Bain