The title sounds like an airlines; perhaps somewhere in Europe but much closer to home than you might think.
Aerophagia is a condition of excessive air swallowing, which goes to the stomach. Aerophagia may also refer to an unusual condition where the primary symptom is excessive flatus, belching is not present, and the actual mechanism by which air enters the gut is obscure.
Anyone who uses a CPAP or BIPAP machine understands the mechanism of aerophagia.
Gas. Lots of gas. Enormous amounts of gas. Gas like you’ve never seen or heard before.
Aerophagia is associated with chewing gum, smoking, drinking carbonated drinks, eating too quickly, anxiety, high continuous positive airway pressure and wearing loose dentures and wearing masks.
There it is. Mask. In my case, the ventilator mask.
Most people who use a CPAP or BIPAP machine will complain about the amount of air swallowed that then becomes excess gas.
Did I mention enormous amounts of gas?
If enormous amounts of gas are present when using a CPAP or BIPAP machine for six or eight hours a day, then how much gas is present when a ventilator is used 23 hours a day?
Enormous times three?
That sounds about right. Aerophagia cannot be avoided when such non-invasive ventilation takes place. All things considered, and as ugly as the effects of aerophagia may seem, the need for air to breathe does trump the need for a pleasantly fragrant bathroom.