gas distention

gas distention

Accumulation of excessive gas within the lumen of the gastrointestinal tract, the peritoneum, or the bowel wall. Treatment may be surgical or nonsurgical, depending on the etiology.
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Many patients express an interest in virtual colonography, he said, "but when I tell them that they have to undergo the same bowel preparation [as colonoscopy] and gas distention, they're less ecstatic about the procedure.