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Pathologic childhood aerophagy: an under-diagnosed entity


Three children with pathologic childhood aerophagy are described. This entity is characterized by progressive abdominal distension during the day, non-distended abdomen in the morning, and visible air swallowing. The condition is usually self-limited, and treatment is symptomatic and by reassurance. Early recognition and diagnosis of this condition might help avoid unnecessary and expensive diagnostic investigations.

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Rosenbach, Y., Zahavi, I., Nitzan, M. et al. Pathologic childhood aerophagy: an under-diagnosed entity. Eur J Pediatr 147, 422–423 (1988).

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Key words

  • Aerophagy
  • Gastrointestinal gas
  • Abdominal distension