Dyspepsia - Topic Overview
Dyspepsia is a vague discomfort in the upper abdomen or chest that
may be described as gas, a feeling of fullness, gnawing, or burning.
Common causes of dyspepsia include:
- Swallowed air.
- Burped-up stomach
juices and gas (regurgitation or reflux) caused by
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or a
Peptic (stomach) ulcer or duodenal
- Stomach cancer.
- An inability to digest milk and
dairy products (lactose intolerance).
- Gallbladder pain (biliary
colic) or inflammation (cholecystitis).
- A disorder that affects
movement of food through the intestines, such as irritable bowel
- Anxiety or depression.
- Side effects of
caffeine, alcohol, or medicines. Examples of medicines that may cause dyspepsia
are aspirin and
similar drugs, antibiotics, steroids, digoxin, and
Treatment depends on what is causing the problem. If no specific
cause is found, treatment focuses on relieving symptoms with medicine.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 01, 2009
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