Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause Anatomy

Lower Abdominal Tenderness Overview

What is lower abdominal tenderness?
A person with lower abdominal tenderness has discomfort or pain in the lower part of the abdomen when pressure is applied (with the hand) to the lower abdomen. The location of the tenderness within the lower abdomen can be an important clue in determining the underlying cause. Severe abdominal tenderness that has spread all over the abdomen is a surgical emergency.

What are the symptoms of lower abdominal tenderness?
Important features of lower abdominal tenderness include pain severity, character, timing, location, and the presence of additional symptoms. Symptoms that can be associated with lower abdominal tenderness include abdominal swelling, lower abdominal pain, excessive gas, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and loss of appetite. Lower abdominal tenderness may cause pain that travels to the groin or the back.

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

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