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Excessive belching and aerophagia: two different disorders.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20095992     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Belching is physiological venting of excessive gastric air. Excessive and bothersome belching is a common symptom, which is often seen in patients with functional dyspepsia and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Other symptoms are usually predominant. However, a small group of patients complain of isolated excessive belching, with a frequency of several belches per minute. In these patients, the eructated air does not originate from the stomach but is sucked or injected in the esophagus from the pharynx and expelled immediately afterward in oral direction. This behavior is called supragastric belching because the air does not originate from the stomach and does not reach the stomach either. Excessive belching can be treated by speech therapy or behavior therapy. The term aerophagia should be reserved for those patients where there is evidence that they swallow air too frequently and in too large quantities. These patients have excessive amounts of intestinal gas visualized on a plain abdominal radiogram and their primary symptoms are bloating and abdominal distension and they belch only to a lesser degree. Aerophagia and excessive supragastric belching are thus two distinct disorders.
Albert J Bredenoord
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-01-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Diseases of the esophagus : official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus / I.S.D.E     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1442-2050     ISO Abbreviation:  Dis. Esophagus     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-05     Completed Date:  2010-11-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8809160     Medline TA:  Dis Esophagus     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  347-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Gastroenterology, Sint Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, the Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Eructation* / etiology,  physiopathology

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