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Borborygmus / Borborygmi

About Borborygmus (plural, Borborygmi)

Borborygmus refers to Noises from the Gastrointestinal Tract due to Gas passing through liquid material in the intestines. Can also be called Stomach Gurgling, Rumbling, or Growling.

Borborygmus can occur from multiple causes, including:
Bowel Obstruction / Intestinal Obstruction
Crohn's Disease
Lactose Intolerance / Lactose Overload
Normal Bowel Sounds
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)


National Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Supportive Care (UK). Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults: Diagnosis and Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Primary Care [Internet]. London: Royal College of Nursing (UK); 2008 Feb. (NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 61.) General glossary. Available from:

Fiebach NH, Barker LR, Burton JR, Zieve PD. Principles of Ambulatory Medicine, 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams &Wilkins, 2007.

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