Updated September 10, Ever been in a situation where passing wind is going to be hugely embarrassing and you've had to hold in a fart? Let's face it — we all have. A build-up of intestinal gas can trigger abdominal distension, with some gas reabsorbed into the circulation and exhaled in your breath. Holding on too long means the build-up of intestinal gas will eventually escape via an uncontrollable fart.
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