Upper abdominal pain

Painful sensation in the abdominal region

Symptoms of Upper abdominal pain

The following features are indicative of Upper abdominal pain:
  • gnawing pain in the right upper quadrant
  • disturbance in sleep patterns
  • fever
  • pain associated with vomiting
  • tenderness in right subcostal region
It is possible that Upper abdominal pain shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Upper abdominal pain

The following are the most common causes of Upper abdominal pain:
  • pain associated with an emergence of gallstones

Risk Factors for Upper abdominal pain

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Upper abdominal pain:
  • obesity
  • high fat diet
  • use of oral contraceptives
  • hereditary
  • loss of bile salts
  • impaired gallbladder emptying
  • pigment stones
  • haemolytic disease
  • biliary stasis
  • biliary infections
  • heavy alcohol intake

Prevention of Upper abdominal pain

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Upper abdominal pain. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoid intake of alcoholic beverages
  • avoid smoke consumption

Occurrence of Upper abdominal pain

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Upper abdominal pain cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Common between 1 - 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Upper abdominal pain most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 40-60 years

Common Gender

Upper abdominal pain can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Upper abdominal pain

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Upper abdominal pain:
  • Ultrasonography: To diagnose an exact cause of upper abdominal pain

Complications of Upper abdominal pain if untreated

Yes, Upper abdominal pain causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Upper abdominal pain is left untreated:
  • acute cholecystitis
  • mucocele
  • empyema

Procedures for Treatment of Upper abdominal pain

The following procedures are used to treat Upper abdominal pain:
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: Procedure to surgical removal of gall bladder

Self-care for Upper abdominal pain

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Upper abdominal pain:
  • avoid intake of alcoholic beverages

Time for Treatment of Upper abdominal pain

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Upper abdominal pain to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Within 1 day

Related Topics

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Upper abdominal pain.

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