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Managing a patient with excessive belching
  1. Benjamin Disney1,
  2. Nigel Trudgill2
  1. 1Department of Gastroenterology, George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton, UK
  2. 2Department of Gastroenterology, Sandwell General Hospital, West Bromwich, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr N J Trudgill, Department of Gastroenterology, Sandwell General Hospital, Lyndon, West Bromwich B71 4HJ, UK; nigel.trudgill{at}nhs.net

Abstract

A 50-year-old man with end-stage renal failure was referred by his general practitioner with dyspeptic symptoms. On further questioning the patient complained of a 10-year history of frequent belching. This was noticeably worse after meals and during times of stress. He did not have nocturnal belching and episodes of belching were less frequent when the patient was talking or distracted. There was no history of gastro-oesophageal reflux, vomiting, dysphagia, loss of appetite or weight loss. He was diagnosed with excessive, probably supragastric, belching. Further investigation was not deemed necessary. His symptoms have since settled with simple reassurance and explanation of their origin provided during the clinic visit.

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