Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause Anatomy

Left Upper Abdominal Tenderness Overview

What is left upper abdominal tenderness?
A person with left upper abdominal tenderness has pain or discomfort in the left, upper part of the abdomen when pressure is applied with the hand. This includes abdominal tenderness that is in the left part of the abdomen, "under the ribcage." Common causes of left upper abdominal tenderness include gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney infection, or an injury to the spleen. Severe abdominal tenderness that has spread all over the abdomen is a surgical emergency.

What are the symptoms of left upper abdominal tenderness?
Important features of left upper abdominal tenderness include pain severity, character, timing, location, and the presence of additional symptoms. Symptoms that can occur with left upper abdominal tenderness include abdominal swelling, abdominal pain, excessive gas, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and loss of appetite. Left upper abdominal tenderness may cause pain that travels to the groin or the back. In some cases, left upper abdominal tenderness may worsen during a deep breath.

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

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