Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause Anatomy

Right Upper Abdominal Tenderness Overview

What is right upper abdominal tenderness?
A person with right upper abdominal tenderness has pain discomfort in the right upper part of the abdomen when pressure is applied with the hand. The pain may be described as being "under the ribcage," but may also occur with pain in the middle part of the upper abdomen. The location of the tenderness 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 right upper abdominal tenderness?
Important features of right upper abdominal tenderness include pain severity, character, timing, location, and the presence of additional symptoms. Symptoms that may occur with right upper abdominal tenderness include nausea, vomiting, abdominal swelling, right upper abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, excessive gas, loss of appetite, and constipation. Additional symptoms that may occur with right upper abdominal tenderness include back pain, chest pain, or difficulty breathing.

How does the doctor treat right upper abdominal tenderness?
Treatment for right upper abdominal tenderness depends on the underlying cause. Depending on the cause, right upper abdominal tenderness may be treated with medications or surgery.

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