Flatulance (and reflux)
Is extreme gas associated with reflux? What treatment(s) can be used?
Gas is associated with reflux in many ways. Too much gas in the stomach, from air swallowing or from food, can result in reflux. Some patients swallow air nervously. Patients with psychomotor retardation swallow air for unclear reasons. Patients with pulmonary disease swallow air and people with reflux swallow air. Unfortunately, swallowing air causes distension that causes reflux or burping. So the reflux and air swallowing are related, but in only a minority of patients can treating the reflux improve the air swallowing.
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