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Definition An abdominal mass is swelling in one part of the belly area (abdomen). Alternative Names Mass in the abdomen Considerations An abdominal mass is usually found during a routine physical examination . Most of the time the mass develops slowly. You may not be able to feel the mass. Finding where the pain occurs helps the doctor make a diagnosis. For example, the abdomen is usually divided into four areas: Right-upper quadrant Left-upper quadrant Right-lower quadrant Left-lower quadrant Other terms used to find the location of abdominal pain or masses include: Epigastric -- center of the abdomen just below the rib cage Periumbilical -- area around the bellybutton The location of the mass and its firmness, texture, and other qualities can provide clues to its cause. Common Causes Abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause a pulsating mass around the navel. Bladder distention (urinary bladder over-filled with fluid) can cause a firm mass in the center of the lower abdomen above the pelvic bones. In extre...
Rudy Boesch, a participant on “Survivor” and former Navy Seal, was nearly stricken by AAA, but an inadvertent detection allowed him to receive the proper treatment in time. Rudy's doctor, Dr. DeMasi, provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about AAA, including warning signs and treatment options for this serious but preventable cause of death. What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm? An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is an abnormal expansion of the abdominal portion of the aorta, the largest artery in the body. AAA develops in affected individuals when the aortic wall weakens and eventually starts to bulge. AAA usually develops slowly and most often does not cause symptoms. Why is AAA dangerous? If the aneurysm gets too big, then it can rupture, or tear, resulting in massive internal bleeding and death. Most people do not survive a ruptured AAA. Ruptured AAAs are one of the leading causes of death in the elderly in the Un...
Abdominal Migraine is a form of Migraine seen mainly in children. It's most common in children ages five- to nine-years-old, but can occur in adults as well. Abdominal Migraine consists primarily of abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. It was recognized as a form of Migraine disease as links were made to other family members having Migraines and children who had this disorder grew into adults with Migraine with and without aura. Most children who experience abdominal Migraine eventually develop Migraine with aura and/or Migraine without aura. The diagnostic criteria for abdominal Migraine, as established by the International Headache Society, are: A. At least 5 attacks fulfilling criteria B–D B. Attacks of abdominal pain lasting 1-72 hours (untreated or unsuccessfully treated C. Abdominal pain has all of the following characteristics: midline location, periumbilical or poorly localised dull or ‘just sore’ quality moderate or severe intensity
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