Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can be either localised or generalised.  The abdomen contains many organs therefore, it is not always obvious as to the cause of the discomfort. The Abdominal diagram highlights the areas on the abdomen that correspond to the various conditions that present with abdominal pain.

Abdominal pain can range from general discomfort to severe pain suggestive of a possible perforation such as a stomach ulcer or other part of the intestines. The general location of pain in the abdomen will help locate the source of the pain and consequently guide to any further tests that are necessary.

Many causes of abdominal pain are associated with symptoms such as abdominal bloating, nausea, sickness, vomiting, diarrhoea and occasionally weight loss.

The investigation of abdominal pain usually involves an abdominal ultrasound in the first instance for most patients, which is followed up in some cases with either a CAT (computer tomography) scan or MR (magnetic resonance) scan. Your Surgeon will decide which investigation you require based on the symptoms you are experiencing.

Abdominal pain symptoms are investigated along with blood tests and possible fibre-optic endoscopic examination. 

Surgical care specialists are a unique organisation designed to cover all aspects of general surgical and gastrointestinal diagnosis incorporating super-specialist care. Each Surgeon is a qualified General Surgeon with a specialist interest. Your care will be guided to the most suitably qualified clinician and catered to your every need.