Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your doctor will likely determine what's causing your gas and gas pains based on:

  • Your medical history
  • A review of your dietary habits
  • A physical exam

During the physical exam, your doctor may check your abdomen to see if it's distended and listen for a hollow sound while gently tapping your abdomen. A hollow sound usually indicates the presence of excess gas.

Depending on your other symptoms, your doctor may recommend further tests to rule out conditions that are more serious, such as partial bowel obstruction.

May 02, 2014