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Stomach Injury Treatment

Treatment for an abdominal injury depends on the severity of the injury. Mild injuries that are limited to the abdominal wall, such as abdominal contusions, can be treated at home with cold compresses and nonprescription pain medications. The pain and swelling from these injuries usually resolves within 1-2 weeks.

A person with damage to an organ inside the abdomen may require emergency surgery to repair the injury. This type of abdominal injury usually requires admission to the hospital for a few days, followed by recuperation at home for a week or two. If a person has severe symptoms, but initial tests do not identify serious damage to an organ, the doctor may decide to observe the person in the hospital for a day or two. During that time, the doctor may perform additional tests, in order to make sure there is no evidence for a serious injury.

Treatment for an abdominal injury may include:


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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Stomach Injury References
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