Causes of Burping
Burping or belching is most often caused by
swallowed air, usually while eating or drinking.
Burping that occurs with other symptoms, such as pain, heartburn, nausea, a
decreased appetite, or weight loss, may have a more serious cause.
- Gallstones or another problem with the
gallbladder may cause burping that is worse after eating and occurs with pain
in the upper right abdomen that spreads to the back or
- Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) may
cause burping and heartburn that gets worse when you bend over or lie
ulcer may cause persistent burping, indigestion, and
pain that comes and goes in the upper abdomen.
- Cancer of the
stomach or esophagus may cause burping that occurs with nausea, decreased
appetite, and persistent abdominal discomfort and fullness after eating.
Other conditions that may cause burping include:
- Slowed movement of food
through the intestines (motility disorders).
- Blocked passage of
food through the stomach or intestines (bowel obstruction or gastric outlet
- A large collection of undigested material, such as
food, hair, or swallowed objects in the stomach (gastric bezoar).
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||July 12, 2011|