This form of gastric neurosis is attended by attacks of noisy eructations, independent of fermentative changes, in the stomach. The attack may last for several hours or a few days, and occurs in hysterical patients. The expelled gas is usually atmospheric air, and is odorless and tasteless. The patient may acquire the habit, and become so expert as to avoid detection. Sometimes it is due to spasm of the pharynx, which causes involuntary swelling. The treatment is similar to other neuroses of the stomach, and consists in overcoming the exciting cause.
The Eclectic Practice of Medicine, 1907, was written by Rolla L. Thomas, M. S., M. D.