Publisher: Kenneth Kee
Publication Date: April 26, 2017
Binding: Kobo eBook
Aerophagia is the voluntary disorder of excessive air swallowing, which goes into the stomach.
Aerophagia is the swallowing of air indicating that air enters the gastrointestinal tract (gut) rather than the lungs.
The air may get retained in the esophagus and stomach temporarily and can be passed out with an eructation (belch or burp).
Aerophagia is not a serious condition but may result in gas bloating, indigestion and abdominal discomfort.
The most noticeable symptom though is excessive burping.
Sometimes a patient will swallow air in order to help his or her food go down into the digestive system rather than stuck in the gullet where it may cause chest discomfort or phlegm.
The air in the stomach or abdomen is not due the gas in fizzy drinks or fermentation by bacteria.
There are other causes of gas in the gut which may not have entered through the mouth with the swallowing of the air.
This should be differentiated with aerophagia which particularly refers to the act of swallowing air.
Gas may enter the digestive tract through carbonated beverages, bacterial action in the bowels and even some gas comes out of the bloodstream and into the gut.
Aerophagia is linked with eating too quickly, chewing gum, smoking, CPAP air pressure (if it is too high) and wearing loose dentures.
There are rare disorders that may be linked with aerophagia, such as an anxious behavior in those with a cognitive deficiency from birth.
Aerophagia may also interestingly happen in the setting of CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) or bi-level use if the treatment pressure is too high.
CPAP is the delivery of pressurized air through a face mask to support the upper airway and treat sleep apnea with the air entering the lungs through the trachea.
In people with cervical spinal blockages, breathing in can cause air to enter the esophagus and stomach.
Excessive air swallowing will manifest with: