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...
Rigidity of the abdomen
Involuntary abdominal rigidity should always be evaluated by your health care provider.
Call your health care provider if
All forms of involuntary rigidity and rebound tenderness (pain when the abdomen is gently pressed and then the pressure is released) need immediate medical attention, preferably in an emergency room. You may need surgery.
What to expect at your health care provider's office
You will probably be seen in an emergency room instead of at your doctor's office.
The health care providerwill perform a physical examination. The physical examination may include a pelvic (and possibly a rectal) examination.
The health care provider will ask questions about your symptoms, such as:
When did they first start?
What other symptoms do you have at the same time? For example, do you have abdominal pain ?
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:
The typical American diet is ladden wth food choices that promote belly fat. Photo by Keoh.
There is no good way to be fat, but there is a worst way. Fat around the midsection, or belly fat, can be especially dangerous . It increases the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
Abdominal, or visceral fat, is formed deep in the body and surrounds the internal organs. Visceral fat is difficult to lose, but the right type of exercise combined with changes in diet can work.
Abdominal fat can build for a number of reasons, including eating food that is high in fat and sugar and leading a sedentary lifestyle. Not exercising for extended periods can cause people to put on belly fat faster over time as well. Feeling overstressed or suffering from a lack of sleep also contribute, and some studies have shown that people who frequently experience discrimination or harassment are susceptible to putting on belly fat.
The Right Exerc...
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