Diagnosis: Bloating

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Roughly speaking, abdominal bloating is a very common phenomenon. But in a few cases, it may be strong indicators of serious gastrointestinal disorders and must be taken care of immediately. The following diagnostic tests may be helpful prior to treatment of abdominal bloating:

• Endoscopy
• Colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy (for detailed study of the colon)
• Abdominal X-ray (to detect intestinal blockage)
• Blood and breath test (to check for gluten sensitivity)
• Lactose tolerance test (to check rule out bloating due to incomplete lactose metabolism)
• Stool culture (to detect the presence of blood, fat or parasites)
• Antibody test (to rule out Celiac disease)
• Defecography (to test the functioning of the pelvic floor)