When should I be concerned about a Distended Abdomen (Abdominal Distension)?

When should I be concerned about a Distended Abdomen (Abdominal Distension)?
18.12.2023

When to Call the Doctor or Seek medical care if your abdominal distension:

  • Keeps getting worse and doesn’t go away.
  • Comes with severe abdominal pain.
  • Comes with symptoms of illness, such as fever, vomiting or bleeding.
  • Is a chronic problem and you don’t know the cause.

A note from Cleveland Clinic

A distended abdomen is often a temporary problem linked to digestion, but it can be uncomfortable, and it can sometimes indicate a serious condition. There’s no need to suffer in silence. If you have a digestive problem, your healthcare provider can help you narrow down causes and strategies for managing it at home. If you have an acute condition that isn’t improving, you should seek care to rule out serious causes. Sometimes a symptom is a blessing in disguise that leads you to treat an unsuspected condition — or simply discover a food intolerance.

In any of these situations, it is crucial to consult with a healthcare professional promptly. Delaying medical evaluation in the presence of concerning symptoms may lead to delayed diagnosis and treatment, potentially worsening the underlying condition. If you are unsure about the cause of your abdominal distension or if you have any concerns about your health, it is advisable to seek medical advice for a thorough evaluation and appropriate management.

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