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Splenic-Flexure Syndrome

Splenic-Flexure Syndrome Causes

Splenic-flexure syndrome is thought to be caused by spasm or distension of the splenic flexure of the colon.

Splenic-Flexure Syndrome Definition

Splenic-flexure syndrome is a chronic disorder producing symptoms of pain that appears to be caused by trapped gas in the splenic flexure or bends of the colon. The pain that a suffering individual can experience is similar to the pain of a heart attack; can be defined as unbearably severe and debilitating. Passage of gas or stool may somehow diminish the abdominal pain.

Splenic-Flexure Syndrome Symptoms and Signs

The most customary and familiar symptom of splenic-flexure syndrome is left upper abdominal discomfort usually beneath the ribs and may radiate upward. The pain seems to be excruciating usually lasting for minutes and can be expected to recur for several times for weeks and even months. Other symptoms include constipation, stool changes in shape and size, diarrhea, sense of fullness and bloated feeling.

Splenic-Flexure Syndrome Treatment

It was observed that passage of gas or stool can help in relieving the characteristic pain of splenic-flexure syndrome. Some foods are known to aggravate the pain; the reason why diet modification is also recommended to minimize the incidence of pain episodes. Avoiding foods that can cause gas and foods that have high fat content is one way of modifying the diet. Some non-prescription medicines that can relieve symptoms of pain can also help.

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