Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause Anatomy

Tender in the Left Upper Abdomen Anatomy

To better understand left upper abdominal tenderness, it helps to understand the anatomy of the abdomen.

Abdominal Anatomy
The internal organs are protected by a muscular abdominal wall:

  • Superficial abdominal muscles
  • Deep abdominal muscles

Organs in the abdomen include:
  • Intestines
  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Pancreas
  • Spleen
  • Stomach
  • Uterus and ovaries in females (lower abdomen)
  • Genitourinary system in males

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