Technically called eructation, belching occurs when the upper esophageal sphincter relaxes and lets the pressurized gas that has been swallowed escape from the mouth. A study has found that healthy young people belch an average of 11 times in 20 hours, excluding mealtimes.
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What causes one to burp?
Lawrence Friedman, MD, Gastroenterology, answeredAerophagia -- excessive swallowing of air -- produces belching or burping. The upper gastrointestinal gas that erupts from the mouth comes from swallowed air that forces itself back up. There are actually two kinds of belching. One is a fairly innocuous condition that stops on its own about an hour after eating and is caused by air swallowed while eating. The other is more persistent and is caused by constant air swallowing, a nervous habit most people don't even know they have.
Technically called eructation, belching occurs when the upper esophageal sphincter relaxes and lets the pressurized gas that has been swallowed escape from the mouth. A study has found that healthy young people belch an average of 11 times in 20 hours, excluding mealtimes.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
What are the bile ducts?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredWithin the liver there's a network of bile ducts; bile is greenish liquid produced in the liver that helps break down fats. The liver also uses bile to clear bilirubin from the blood. Biliwhat, you say? Bilirubin-it's a substance that comes from the breakup of hemoglobin of dead red blood cells. An increased level of bilirubin results in jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and all mucous membranes-that includes the eyeballs where the yellowing is usually detected earliest and easiest), a sign of many liver diseases.
What are the symptoms of a torn bile duct?
William Salt, MD, Gastroenterology, answered
The main symptoms would be abdominal pain and enlargement. The pain and swelling are caused by leakage of bile into the belly, which is very irritating. Yellow coloration of the urine and skin (Jaundice) can occur after several days.
The most common cause of a torn bile duct is an injury (biliary trauma):
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- A complication following surgery to remove the gall bladder, which is more common after the gall bladder is removed with a scope (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) than with open abdominal surgery
- Blunt injury to the lower right side of the chest and/or upper right abdomen, such as by the steering wheel in a car accident or a fall
- Penetrating injury to these locations, such as with a bullet or knife