Chapter 9 - Diseases of the Abdominal Cavity
Introduction to Diseases of the Abdominal Cavity
Acute Inflammation of the Liver
Chronic Inflammation of the Liver
Congestion of the Liver
Passive Congestion of the Liver
Cirrhosis of the Liver
Acute Inflammation of the Spleen
Chronic Inflammation of the Spleen
Jaundice
Gall Stones
Acute Inflammation of the Stomach
Chronic Inflammation of the Stomach
Indigestion/Dyspepsia
Heart Burn
Cramps in the stomach
Water Brash
Vomiting
Seasickness
Milk Sickness
Acute Inflammation of the Peritoneum
Chronic Inflammation of the Peritoneum
Acute Inflammation of the Bowels
Chronic Inflammation of the Bowels
Appendicitis
Cancer of the Intestine
Intestinal Obstruction
Colic
Air Swellings
Bilious Colic
Painters' Colic
Constistipation
Piles/Hemorrhoids
Diarrhea
Chronic Diarrhea
Cholera Morbus
Asiatic Cholera
Dysentery
Chronic Dysentery
Worms
Acute Inflamation of the Kidneys
Chronic Inflamation of the Kidneys
Acute Inflammation of the Bladder
Chronic Inflammation of the Bladder
Disease of the Supra Renal Capsules
Bright's Disease
Simple Home Tests for Urine - Diagram
Diabetes
Bleeding from the Kidneys
Suppresion of Urine
Retention of Urine
Inability to Hold Urine
Gravel
Uric Acid Gravel
Phosphatic Deposits
Oxalic Deposits
Urate of Ammonia Deposits
Hippuric Acid Deposits
Cystine Deposits
Bladder Stones
Dropsy of the Belly
General Dropsy
Uremia

9.28 Air Swellings

Air Swellings. Tympanites.

IT is quite common for persons in delicate health particularly females to have their stomach and bowels swell up, sometimes slowly, sometimes suddenly, so that they cannot bring, their clothes together. They do not know what to make of it; it sometimes alarms them; and they ask their medical adviser what it means.
These swellings may occur from an accumulation of air within the bowels, and also within the abdominal cavity. This latter gives the belly a peculiarly hard feel, like the head of a drum, and when it is pressed upon with the finger no indentation remains. It usually is the result of a weakened sympathetic nervous system, brought about by some one of the many abdominal diseases.

Treatment. If the air be in the intestinal tube, a stimulating injection may bring away the wind. It may be composed of one pint of infusion of peppermint, one gill of tincture of prickly ash berries, half a gill of tincture of castor, and a teaspoonful of ginger. The bowels of the patient should be rubbed for a long time; and in all forms of the complaint, it would be well to do this every day. Some. times the wind may be drawn off by inserting into the rectum a long rubber tube. Treatment often resolves itself into a cure of some existing uterine or ovarian disease and the various phases of peritonitis, in which latter case there is fever and other well marked symptoms.
The best constitutional remedies are tonics, iron, quinine, mineral acids, and bitters, (48), (55), (59), (60), (62), (63), (64), (71)9, (73).
Exercise in the open air, and a careful regulation of the diet, will do much towards removing these troubles. Costiveness must be care. fully guarded against.

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