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:
Question #1: I have had a chronic cough and sore mouth for about a year. My teeth also feel like the enamel has gone. Last Christmas, I had a sinus infection and I've had a sore throat ever since. It hurts to swallow and feels like there is a lump, I constantly have to clear my throat and my voice is hoarse. I am a smoker and a alcohol user which immediately got me thinking I have cancer. I have seen the doctor twice and first they tried antibiotics which did nothing for me. A week ago my doctor mentioned acid reflux and gave me omeprazole. I don't think it has helped really. How quickly do drugs like this normally help? I have also been to chest x-ray and am now waiting for results. I don't know what to do next. Ask for a referral to an ENT specialist?
Answer: Chronic cough can indeed be a manifestation of GERD. It can occur in two ways. When acid refluxes up the esophagus, it can go all the way up to the mouth, and then aspirate down into the trachea. This will ir...
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