aerophagia


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aerophagia

 [ār″o-fa´jah]
excessive swallowing of air, usually an unconscious process associated with anxiety, resulting in abdominal distention or belching; these are often interpreted by the patient as signs of a physical disorder.

aer·o·pha·gi·a

, aerophagy (ār-ō-fā'jē-ă, -of'ă-jē),
An abnormal swallowing of air as seen in crib biting (so called cribbing) and wind sucking in horses.
Synonym(s): pneumophagia
[aero- + G. phagō, to eat]

aerophagia

(âr′ə-fā′jə)
n.
The swallowing of excess air, resulting in abdominal bloating and belching.

air swallowing

The excessive swallowing of air, which is usually an unconscious act that occurs during normal eating or drinking or is associated with other conditions.
Aetiology Anxiety, rapid eating or drinking of one’s food, chewing gum, smoking, or poorly fitted dentures. 
Clinical findings Abdominal bloating, belching, flatulence.

aerophagia

Aerophagy The excessive swallowing of air, which is usually an unconscious act that occurs during normal eating or drinking or is associated with other conditions Clinical Abdominal bloating, belching, flatulence Etiology Anxiety, rapid eating–'shoveling' or drinking–'guzzling,' chewing gum, smoking, or poorly fitted dentures. See Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis.

aer·o·pha·gi·a

, aerophagy (ār'ō-fā'jē-ă, -of'ă-jē)
1. Excessive swallowing of air due to anxiety, hunger, improper eating habits, or other causes; can lead to abdominal distress, belching, and flatulence.
2. veterinary medicine Wind-sucking, a behavioral disorder of horses sometimes associated with crib-biting.
[aero- + G. phagō, to eat]
References in periodicals archive ?
Children with aerophagia need to be counseled to stop chewing gum, drinking carbonated beverages, and swallowing air in general, he said.
Anxiety often leads to the nervous habit of aerophagia (air swallowing) which means you gulp down large quantities of air.
Those who belch a lot usually swallow too much air - a condition called aerophagia.
But if you belch frequently--not just after meals--you may be swallowing too much air (aerophagia) which can bring on abdominal pain, breathing difficulty, and what feels like heart pain, says Dr.
A main cause of gas build-up is aerophagia, or air swallowing, due to rapid gulping of foods and liquids, gum-chewing, and even loose-fitting dentures.
* Aerophagia: Behavioral problems which cause aerophagia (excessive swallowing of air) may increase pressure in the stomach.
Factors associated with intestines include abnormalities of suspensory ligament of colon and falciform ligament, megacolon, an elongated/hypermobile colon with chronic constipation, and abnormal gas accumulation due to aerophagia. Diaphragmatic factors include the elevation of the right hemidiaphragm, such as eventration or phrenic nerve injury, and the hepatic factors include atrophy of the liver due to cirrhosis or congenital etiology (atrophic or small liver, segmental agenesis of the right lobe of the liver).
Subsequent features include poor eye contact, which may be mistaken for autism; stereotypic behaviors, such as hand-wringing or hair-pulling; and respiratory irregularities, Such as hyperventilation, breath-holding, or aerophagia.