Complaints of "excessive gas" from patients are very common but are difficult, if not impossible, for the physician to document. This review addresses the pathophysiology and management of such complaints, looking at the sources and routes of elimination, excessive eructation, bloating, and distention. In addition, common flatulence problems are summarized, including excessive flatus volume and noxious flatus.
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This work was supported in part by the Department of Veterans Affairs and The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases grant R01 DK 13309-25.