Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause Anatomy

Upper Abdominal Pain Overview

What is upper abdominal pain?
A person with upper abdominal pain has discomfort in the upper part of the abdomen. The location of the pain within the upper abdomen can be an important clue in determining the underlying cause. Pain located in one area of the abdomen may be more serious than pain in the entire abdomen.

What are the symptoms of upper abdominal pain?
Important features of upper abdominal pain include pain severity, character, timing, location, and the presence of additional symptoms. Symptoms that occur with upper abdominal pain include back pain, chest pain, constipation, diarrhea, cough, breathing difficulty, fever, nausea, and vomiting.

How does the doctor treat upper abdominal pain?
The treatment for upper abdominal pain depends on the underlying cause for the pain. Some conditions may be treated with antacids or other medications. Serious causes of upper abdominal pain may require endoscopy or surgery.

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Last Updated: Nov 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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