Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Abdominal Swelling Treatment

The treatment for abdominal swelling depends on the underlying cause. Swelling from excessive gas, mild constipation, or mild diarrhea may be treated with over-the-counter medications.

In a person with severe abdominal swelling caused by a collection of fluid inside the abdomen, called ascites, the doctor may use a needle to drain the fluid from the abdomen. A person with severe abdominal swelling caused by an intestinal obstruction requires admission to the hospital. Depending on the cause, surgery may be required to relive the obstruction.

Treatment for abdominal swelling may include:

Abdominal Swelling Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat abdominal swelling:

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Last Updated: Jan 28, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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