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:
|Small Intestine Cancer||23%||Unlikely|
|Ulcerative Colitis||1%||Ruled out|
|Colon Cancer||0%||Ruled out|
|Stomach Acid Deficiency||0%||Ruled out|
|Mesenteric Ischemia||0%||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.
The altered digestion found in IBS will usually lead to higher gas production. If intestinal transit is too quick, food is only partially digested. Natural bacteria residing in the gut will cause fermentation of this food, producing gas. Fast-moving bowel contents may also lead to pockets of trapped gas, worsening the problem. Some studies suggest that the populations of gut bacteria in IBS patients differ from the normal, with more 'bad' than 'good' bacteria, which can cause excess flatulence.