Upper Abdominal Tenderness Overview
What is upper abdominal tenderness?
A person with upper abdominal tenderness has discomfort or pain in the upper part of the abdomen when pressure is applied (with the hand) to the upper abdomen. The location of the tenderness within the upper 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 upper abdominal tenderness?
Important features of upper abdominal tenderness include pain severity, character, timing, location, and the presence of additional symptoms. Symptoms that occur with upper abdominal tenderness include upper abdominal pain, back pain, chest pain, constipation, diarrhea, cough, breathing difficulty, fever, nausea, and vomiting.
How does the doctor treat upper abdominal tenderness?
The treatment for upper abdominal tenderness depends on the underlying cause for the pain. Some conditions may be treated with antacids or other medications. Serious causes of upper abdominal tenderness may require endoscopy or surgery.
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