Abdominal bloating is a common problem most people experience at least once during their lifetime. In the majority of the cases, the cause of bloating may be something minor, like: 

  • Excessive gas

  • Overeating

  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle

  • Constipation

  • Drinking carbonated beverages

  • Stomach infections

Usually, abdominal bloating may subside after a few days, but in some patients, it might persist for a long time and patients may start to experience other symptoms such as pain and nausea.

In these instances, a bloated stomach may indicate a serious gastrointestinal condition.


Patient’s may be suffering from an underlying gastrointestinal condition if they are experiencing along with certain other symptoms, including:

  • Diarrhoea

  • Bloody stools

  • Unexpected weight loss

  • Fever

  • Persistent pain 

If you experience one or a combination of these symptoms along with abdominal bloating, pay a visit to a gastroenterologist as soon as possible.

Serious causes of abdominal bloating

Liver disease

If left untreated, liver disease may damage your liver over time and lead to cirrhosis, which causes healthy liver tissue to get replaced by scar tissue.

The condition may also cause ascites, which causes fluid build-up in the abdomen that results in a bloated abdomen.

Crohn’s disease

This is an inflammatory bowel disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal system—there is no known cure for the condition.

While the disease may make everyday life difficult for some, it can be managed with proper treatment.

Gastric cancer

Bloating and feeling full despite having a small meal are common symptoms of gastric cancer, which is a slow-progressing condition.

In many cases, patients may not be diagnosed until the condition has progressed to a late stage.

Consult a gastrointestinal specialist for treatment and support

Dr Suhirdan Vivekanandarajah is a gastroenterologist based in Sydney specialising in diagnosing and treating various gastrointestinal conditions.

If you’re experiencing a bloated abdomen, get in touch with Dr Vivekanandarajah for treatment and support to relieve your symptoms.

Consult Dr Suhirdan at these locations 

St Vincent's Clinic

Meet Dr Suhirdan Vivekanandarajah

Interventional Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist

Bsc (Med) | M.B.B.S. (Hons) | FRACP


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