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Abdominal Pain

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Abdominal pain, also known as stomach pain or tummy ache, is a common symptom associated non-serious and serious causes.

Pain is a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli, such as stubbing a toe, burning a finger, putting alcohol on a cut, or bumping the "funny bone".

A symptom is a departure from normal function or feeling which is noticed by a patient, reflecting the presence of an unusual state, or of a disease.

The stomach is a muscular, hollow, dilated part of the gastrointestinal tract that functions as an important organ in the digestive system.

abdominal pain - inside the mind of a doctor by DrER.tv

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Common causes of pain in the abdomen include gastroenteritis and irritable bowel syndrome.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a group of symptoms—including abdominal pain and changes in the pattern of bowel movements without any evidence of underlying damage.

Gastroenteritis, also known as infectious diarrhea, is inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that involves the stomach and small intestine.

The abdomen constitutes the part of the body between the thorax and pelvis, in humans and in other vertebrates.

Abdominal pain - Where are my organs? by Dr. Greg Castello

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In a third of cases the exact cause is unclear.

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About 10% of people have a more serious underlying condition such as appendicitis, leaking or ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, diverticulitis, or ectopic pregnancy.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a localized enlargement of the abdominal aorta such that the diameter is greater than 3 cm or more than 50% larger than normal diameter.

Ectopic pregnancy, also known as eccyesis or tubal pregnancy, is a complication of pregnancy in which the embryo attaches outside the uterus.

A diverticulum is the medical or biological term for an outpouching of a hollow structure in the body.

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Determining the cause can be difficult, because many diseases can cause this symptom.

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