Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Left Lower Abdominal Pain Overview

What is left lower abdominal pain?
A person with left lower abdominal pain has discomfort in the left, lower part of the abdomen, below the umbilicus. Common causes of left lower abdominal pain in adults include constipation, diverticulitis, hernia, irritable bowel syndrome, and kidney stones.

What are the symptoms of left lower abdominal pain?
Symptoms that can occur with left lower abdominal pain include abdominal swelling, excessive gas, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and loss of appetite. Left lower abdominal pain may spread to the groin or back.

How does the doctor treat left lower abdominal pain?
Treatment for left lower abdominal pain depends on the underlying cause. Serious causes of left lower abdominal pain may require antibiotics or surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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