Gas or flatulence is a common condition for which a person visits the primary care doctor. It is diagnosed based on signs and symptoms, such as abdominal bloating, abdominal pain, passing too much gas (flatulence) and belching.
Medical history and physical examination: Your doctor will take a detailed medical history and do physical examination with special attention to your abdomen. Some of the questions that your doctor may ask include:
Your doctor may ask you to keep a food diary. This can be helpful in reviewing your dietary habits and symptoms.
Diagnostic tests: Treatment for gas is usually started based on clinical diagnosis, but if the diagnosis is not clear or some other medical condition is suspected as the cause of your symptoms, tests may be done.
Some other tests that may be performed include:
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