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Abdominal Pain in Adults (cont.)

What are Some of the Causes of Abdominal Pain by Location?

Abdominal pain can occur in any area of the abdomen. You might experience pain in one area of the abdomen although the cause for the pain is in a different area. Some diseases can cause pain in multiple areas of the abdomen. Below are the usual pain patterns associated with diseases, but please note that this does not include all diseases and conditions, and the below do not hold true all of the time.

Pain in the Upper Abdomen

  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Pancreatitis

Pain in the Upper Right Side

  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Liver Inflammation (Hepatitis)

Pain in the Upper Left Side

  • Enlarged Spleen

Pain in the Lower Right Side

  • Other diseases and conditions of the uterus
  • Appendicitis
  • Right Ovarian Inflammation or Torsion
  • Right Ovarian Cyst

Pain in the Lower Left Side

  • Diverticulitis
  • Left Ovarian Inflammation or Torsion
  • Left Ovarian Cyst

Pain in the Lower Abdomen

From the above it is apparent that abdominal pain can have many causes, some linked directly to the abdomen and others caused by non-abdominal disease. Sometimes the cause of abdominal pain is not found by the patient's doctor during the initial evaluation. In some cases, no specific cause is determined, and the pain gets better in hours or days.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/17/2015
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