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  Abdominal Pain Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment by MedicineNet.com
Abdominal pain is pain that is felt in the abdomen.
Although abdominal pain can arise from the tissues of the abdominal wall that surround the abdominal cavity (i.e., skin and abdominal wall muscles), the term abdominal pain generally is used to describe pain originating from organs within the abdominal cavity (i.e., beneath the skin and muscles).
Occasionally, pain may be felt in the abdomen even though it is arising from organs that are close to but not within the abdominal cavity, for example, the lower lungs, the kidneys, and the uterus or ovaries.
www.medicinenet.com /abdominal_pain/article.htm   (760 words)

  
 The Physician and Sportsmedicine: Assessing Acute Abdominal Pain
Pain arising from the embryonic hindgut (distal two-thirds of the colon), internal reproductive organs (ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, seminal vesicles, and prostate), and the urinary bladder presents in the hypogastrium.
Pain that is noted shortly after a normal menstrual period, is bilateral, and is accompanied by a fever and abdominal pain—but not nausea and vomiting—favors pelvic inflammatory disease.
Painful abdominal conditions frequently are reflected in the vital signs as tachycardia, tachypnea, elevated temperature, and, in conditions that involve the upper abdomen (inflammatory diseases) or the lower lobes of the lung, respiration that is rapid, shallow, painful (grunting), or splinted.
www.physsportsmed.com /issues/1996/04_96/bergman.htm   (1984 words)

  
  Abdominal Pain ~ Information and Help for Abdominal Pain
Recurring lower abdominal pain (from mild discomfort to severe spasms), in association with bowel dysfunction, is one of the chief symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as defined by the Rome II diagnostic guidelines.
Abdominal pain in general is defined as a nonspecific symptom that may be associated with a multitude of conditions.
Abdominal pain that is accompanies by a stiff, "board like" abdomen may indicate peritonitis due to an infection spreading in the abdominal cavity or to a hole in the stomach or intestine.
www.helpforibs.com /footer/abdominalpain.asp   (923 words)

  
 MUSC DDC - Symptoms
Pain from the colon can be felt anywhere around the abdomen, but often in the flanks, whereas problems in the small intestine tend to be felt more centrally in the abdomen.
The pain is caused by distention of the bile duct, and the obstruction is often followed by infection.
By far the most common cause of abdominal pain in the general population is the so-called "irritable bowel syndrome." It can effect all parts of the gut; thus the pain may be felt in different places on different occasions.
www.ddc.musc.edu /ddc_pub/digestiveProbs/symptoms/abdominal.htm   (1152 words)

  
 Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain is pain located in area of the stomach (abdomen), which is why it is frequently called "stomachache." Abdominal pain in babies less than three months old, accompanied by fussy crying, is called colic.
If your child's abdominal pain is caused by stress and worry, he or she may describe a dull pain deep in the stomach, often around the belly button.
Abdominal pain caused by a bladder or kidney infection is accompanied by pain during urination.
www.hmc.psu.edu /childrens/healthinfo/a/abdominalpain.htm   (755 words)

  
 Abdominal Pain   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Abdominal pain is one of the most common causes of visits to a primary care provider, accounting for 2.5 million visits to office-based physicians per year.[1] It is the most frequent cause for gastroenterology consultation.[2,3,4,5] The overall economic and social impact of abdominal pain is staggering.
Unfortunately, 35% of patients admitted with abdominal pain have no identifiable etiology for their symptoms.[6] In the primary care setting, the average abdominal pain episode has been reported to require an average of 1.32 visits and cost $123.36.[7] In 51% of these cases, no specific diagnosis was reached.
The pain may wax and wane as the torsion is intermittently relieved or in the case of partial torsion, causing decreased vascular flow but not thrombosis.[107] Fever is not a typical feature, and may suggest an alternate diagnosis.
www.uwgi.org /guidelines/ch_06/CH06TXT.HTM   (10287 words)

  
 Acute Abdominal Pain in Children - June 1, 2003 - American Family Physician
Because visceral pain fibers are bilateral and unmyelinated and enter the spinal cord at multiple levels, visceral pain usually is dull, poorly localized, and felt in the midline.
Pain resulting from ischemia, inflammation, or stretching of the parietal peritoneum is transmitted through myelinated afferent fibers to specific dorsal root ganglia on the same side and at the same dermatomal level as the origin of the pain.
Abdominal trauma may cause musculocutaneous injury, bowel perforation, intramural hematoma, laceration or hematoma of the liver or spleen, and avulsion of intra-abdominal organs or vascular pedicles.
www.aafp.org /afp/20030601/2321.html   (2485 words)

  
 Abdominal pain definition - Digestion and digestive-related information on MedicineNet.com
Although abdominal pain can arise from the tissues of the abdominal wall that surround the abdominal cavity (the skin and abdominal wall muscles), the term abdominal pain generally is used to describe pain originating from organs within the abdominal cavity (from beneath the skin and muscles).
Abdominal pain may be minor and of no great significance, or it can reflect a major problem involving one of the organs in the abdomen.
Abdominal pain in infants and small children may be due to intestinal obstruction from atresia or stenosis of the intestine, esophageal webs, intussusception, volvulus, imperforate anus, and Hirschsprung disease.
www.medterms.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=6139   (509 words)

  
 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Abdominal pain
Due to the many organ systems in the abdomen, abdominal pain is a concern of general practitioners/family physicians, surgeons, internists, emergency medicine doctors, pediatricians, gastroenterologists, urologists and gynecologists.
The pain associated with inflammation of the parietal peritoneum is steady and aching, and worsened by changes in the tension of peritoneum caused by pressure or positional change.
Pain associated with the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm may radiate to the back, flank, or genitals.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Abdominal_pain   (885 words)

  
 CIGNA - Abdominal Pain, Age 11 and Younger   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Abdominal pain in children is often frightening and frustrating for parents.
In children, abdominal pain may be related to injury to the abdomen or an illness, such as stomach flu, an ear infection, a urinary tract infection, or strep throat.
Recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) is a condition that affects children between the ages of 4 and 11.
www.cigna.com /healthinfo/abpn10.html   (2847 words)

  
 Chronic Abdominal Pain in Childhood: Diagnosis and Management - April 1, 1999 - American Academy of Family Physicians
Night pain or pain on awakening suggests a peptic origin, while pain that occurs in the evening or during dinner is a feature of constipation.
The management of recurrent abdominal pain begins with the acknowledgement that the pain is real, that extensive investigations are not warranted and that the child must emphasize normality by remaining in school, continuing activities and resuming a normal diet.
The pain is reduced by eating smaller meals, which contributes to the anorexia and growth impairment that occur in children with inflammatory bowel disease.
www.aafp.org /afp/990401ap/1823.html   (4396 words)

  
 Abdominal pain
Severe abdominal pain can be from mild conditions, such as gas or the cramping of viral gastroenteritis.
Abdominal pain that occurs during menstruation may be from menstrual cramps or it may indicate a problem in a reproductive organ.
Abdominal pain may actually be caused by an organ in the chest, like the lungs (for example, pneumonia) or the heart (like a heart attack).
pennhealth.com /ency/article/003120.htm   (1176 words)

  
 CHRONIC ABDOMINAL PAIN
Chronic abdominal pain is a very common condition, but unfortunately it is often very difficult to find the cause.
The biggest clue that the abdominal pain may be due to an intestinal infection is the presence of chronic diarrhea.
Giardia antigen: this is a parasite, and is a fairly common cause of abdominal pain and diarrhea.
www.askdrsears.com /html/8/T080300.asp   (1747 words)

  
 Acupuncture.Com - Abdominal Pain - Traditional Chinese Medicine
A periumbilical and lower abdominal pain indicates the disorder of the spleen, stomach, intestine and bladder, while a pain radiating to the lumbus may relate to the kidneys.
Manifestations: Abrupt onset of abdominal pain, aversion to cold and desire for warmth, discharge of a large volume of clear urine, loose stool, white, greasy tongue coating and deep and wiry pulse.
For cases with cold pain in the abdomen, coldness of extremities and arthralgia, use the Decoction of Aconiti and Cinnamomi to dispel exogenous and endo genous cold.
www.acupuncture.com /conditions/abdpain.htm   (854 words)

  
 Chronic and Recurrent Abdominal Pain: Approach to the Patient with Upper GI Complaints: Merck Manual Professional
Acute abdominal pain is discussed in Acute Abdomen and Surgical Gastroenterology: Acute Abdominal Pain.
Intermittent pain from a structural cause tends to occur with particular activities or is related to diet, eating, or defecation.
Pain is often a central feature of the patient's life, resulting in a “pain career.” A family history of chronic somatic complaints or pain, peptic ulcer disease, headaches, “nerves,” or depression is common.
www.merck.com /mmpe/sec02/ch007/ch007c.html   (1200 words)

  
 Dr. Schilling's Net Health Book - Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain always has to be taken seriously as life threatening situations can arise out of it.
Different organs within the abdominal cavity can be the cause of pain, but on the other hand often severe pain that appears organic in nature, can turn out to be psychosomatic.
Abdominal pain can be divided into various locations of the abdomen and then the differential diagnoses can be listed.
www.nethealthbook.com /gastrointestinaldisease_abdominalpain.html   (650 words)

  
 Abdominal pain
Severe abdominal pain can be from mild conditions, such as gas or the cramping of viral gastroenteritis.
Abdominal pain that occurs during menstruation may be from menstrual cramps or it may indicate a problem in a reproductive organ.
Abdominal pain may actually be caused by an organ in the chest, like the lungs (for example, pneumonia) or the heart (like a heart attack).
www.umm.edu /ency/article/003120.htm   (790 words)

  
 Abdominal Pain, Age 12 and Older-Topic Overview
Generalized mild pain or crampy pain that becomes more severe over several hours may be a symptom of a blockage of the intestines (bowel obstruction).
Occasionally, severe pain that comes on suddenly may be a symptom of a rupture of the stomach or intestines (perforation), torsion of the testicle or ovary, a kidney stone, gallbladder disease, or blood vessel problems, such as an aortic aneurysm.
Pain that increases with movement or coughing and does not appear to be caused by strained muscles is more likely to be a symptom of a serious problem.
www.webmd.com /hw/parenting_news/hw46826.asp   (702 words)

  
 Abdominal pain - Patient UK
The differential diagnosis of generalised abdominal pain in adults is entirely different from that in children, with the caveat that children gradually progress from infancy to adulthood and so an adolescent is more an adult than a child.
The pancreas is in the left upper quadrant but the pain of acute pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis is more often between the scapulae and it tends to be relieved by sitting forwards, often resting on the elbows.
Renal colic or ureteric colic is usually due to stones and a history a pain radiating from the loin to the groin is typical.
www.patient.co.uk /showdoc/40001820   (2509 words)

  
 Chronic Abdominal Pain   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
It occurs because of altered sensitivity to nerve impulses in the gut and brain, and it is not associated with altered motility in the intestines.
For people with chronic functional abdominal pain, the pain can be so all-consuming that it becomes the main focus of their life.
Treatments for chronic functional abdominal pain are most effective when the patient and the doctor work as a team, each having a role.
www.aboutibs.org /Publications/CFAP.html   (1293 words)

  
 Abdominal Pain | CancerBiopsies
The pain associated with inflammation of the parietal peritoneum is steady and aching, and worsened by changes in the tension of peritoneum caused by pressure or positional change.
Pain associated with the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm may radiate to the back, flank, or genitals.
Pain that is felt in the abdomen may be "referred" from elsewhere (e.g., a disease process in the chest may cause pain in the abdomen), and abdominal processes can cause radiated pain elsewhere (e.g., gall bladder pain—in cholecystitis or cholelithiasis—is often referred to the shoulder).
www.cancerbiopsies.com /abdominal-pain/abdominal-pain.htm   (824 words)

  
 Print Natural abdominal pain treatment
Abdominal pain is the illness that is found in all.
This abdominal pain is known with different names such as pain in abdomen, belly ache, abdominal cramps, acute abdomen, appendicitis, the pain which occurs during the menstrual time, epigastria pain, per umbilical pain, pelvic region pain, lower abdominal pain, right abdominal pain and many.
If abdominal pain is severe and is not improving quickly; if pain persists along with fever, persistent vomiting, vomiting blood, bloody diarrhea, nausea and lack of appetite, yellowing of eyes, burning with urination, weakness or dizziness; or if pregnancy is possible, a health provider should be contacted immediately.
www.ideamarketers.com /library/printarticle.cfm?articleid=123271   (740 words)

  
 NGC - NGC Summary
Functional abdominal pain generally can be diagnosed correctly by the primary care clinician in children 4 to 18 years of age with chronic abdominal pain when there are no alarm symptoms or signs, the physical examination is normal, and the stool sample tests are negative for occult blood, without the requirement of additional diagnostic evaluation.
Functional abdominal pain can be likened to a headache, a functional disorder experienced at some time by most adults, which very rarely is associated with serious disease.
Abdominal pain without demonstrable evidence of a pathologic condition, such as an anatomic, metabolic, infectious, inflammatory, or neoplastic disorder; functional abdominal pain may present with symptoms typical of functional dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal migraine, or functional abdominal pain syndrome.
www.guideline.gov /summary/summary.aspx?doc_id=6630&mode=full&ss=14   (1123 words)

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