Flatulence can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose flatulence, we could:
|Diverticular Disease||3%||Ruled out|
|Crohn's Disease||2%||Ruled out|
|Intestinal Obstruction||1%||Ruled out|
Do you suffer from excess lower bowel gas (flatulence)? The average adult passes gas ("farts") 8 to 20 times a day, but this depends on various factors. Try to compare yourself to others with similar diet and eating habits.
Possible responses:→ No / average / only after overeating / don't know
→ Yes, but it is probably due to my diet
→ Somewhat more than most people
→ Very much more than most people
Persistent and severe flatulence may be a symptom of gallbladder problems.
"Lactose malabsorption and lactase deficiency are chronic organic pathologic conditions characterized by abdominal pain and distention, flatulence, and the passage of loose, watery stools. Once correct diagnosis is established, introduction of a lactose-free dietary regime relieves symptoms in most patients... who remain largely unaware of the relationship between food intake and symptoms." [Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 1999 Apr, 28:3]
Gas can be caused by stress and the nervous habit of frequent swallowing.