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The swallowing of excess air, resulting in abdominal bloating and belching.


(ˌɛərəˈfeɪdʒɪə; -dʒə) or


(Medicine) spasmodic swallowing of air, a habit that can lead to belching and stomach pain
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Noun1.aerophagia - swallowing air (usually followed by belching and discomfort and flatulence)aerophagia - swallowing air (usually followed by belching and discomfort and flatulence)
deglutition, swallow, drink - the act of swallowing; "one swallow of the liquid was enough"; "he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips"


, aerophagy
n. aerofagia, tragar aire en exceso.
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The patient was subjected to an outpatient follow-up or chronic pseudo-obstruction and aerophagia at another tertiary medical institution about 3 years earlier.
(2) The pathogenesis of AGD is controversial; however, aerophagia due to the relaxation of the upper esophageal sphincter as a sequel to anesthesia and debilitation has been suggested.
The second category in the Rome classification are the belching disorders, which comprises aerophagia (troublesome repetitive belching with observed excessive air swallowing) and unspecified belching (no evidence of excessive air swallowing).
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So many of our homebound female patients asked for drugs to cure their neurotic habit of swallowing air (aerophagia) and the consequent explosive belching.
Aerophagia Induced Reflux in Breastfeeding Infants With Ankyloglossia and Shortened Maxillary Labial Frenula (Tongue and Lip Tie).
However, in children suffering from neurologic impairment, severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or disorders of gastric or esophageal motility, feeding by gastrostomy is frequently accompanied by complications such as recurrent aspiration, regurgitation, aerophagia, recurrent vomiting, and weight loss [6, 7].
After bloating and abdominal pain, epigastric pain was the most frequent symptom, being found in 52% of patients, followed with decreasing prevalence by; nausea, aerophagia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and aphthous stomatitis.
Aerophagia, gastric, and supragastric belching: a study using intraluminal electrical impedance monitoring.