Symptoms and Signs of Abdominal Pain in Adults

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Abdominal Pain in Adults

Abdominal pain in adults has many different causes. These can include infections of the gastrointestinal tract, peptic ulcer disease, pancreatitis, diverticulitis, appendicitis, hepatitis, gallbladder disease, and kidney stones. Sometimes, ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids in women, testicular problems in men, heart attack, skin rashes, or urinary tract infections can be causes of abdominal pain in adults.

Signs and symptoms associated with abdominal pain depend on the cause of the pain. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, constipation, bloating, gas, and abdominal cramping or tenderness. Other possible symptoms include blood in the stool or urine, abdominal masses, testicular pain, back pain, pain with urination, pain with sexual intercourse, and discharge from the penis or vagina.

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