Intestinal gas

F. L. Suarez, Michael D Levitt

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Abstract

Patients reporting 'gas' represent a unique challenge for the physician. Because simple tests that can objectively document a gaseous abnormality are lacking, the physician is forced to rely on the patient's perception of the nature and severity of the problem. A discrepancy exists between patients' beliefs and the results of investigative studies. Subjects fervently believe that excessive gas is the cause of a variety of symptoms, but the few studies of gaseous patients suggest that gas usually has a minor role in these symptoms. Furthermore, enormous gaps in our understanding of the pathogenesis of gaseous symptoms help make treatment of these problems highly unsatisfactory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-218
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Perspectives in Gastroenterology
Volume3
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

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