Abdominal Pain

What cause abdominal pain?

What cause abdominal pain?

There are a variety of causes but:

  • A first episode of sudden severe pain always indicates serious, life threatening disease
  • If the pain is recurrent and chronic, then it is known as Recurrent Abdominal Pain

 

What are the danger signs?

  • Recent injury to the belly
  • Abrupt and very severe onset of pain
  • Severe pain during pregnancy or possible pregnancy
  • Pain which is continuous or progressively worsening
  • Associated nausea / vomiting and fever
  • Associated bloated ness or constipation
  • Associated with a ‘painful to touch’ belly
  • Presence of blood in vomitus or stool.

 

What are the serious causes of abdominal pain?

  • Perforation of stomach/gut
  • Appendicitis
  • Ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb)
  • Twisted ovarian cyst
  • Peritonitis (infection/inflammation in the abdominal cavity)
  • Serious infection in the gut (e.g. Shigella bacterial infection)
  • Intestinal obstruction

 

What should you do when you have severe abdominal pain?

  • First episode of sudden severe pain always indicates serious, life threatening disease. You must see your doctor as soon as possible.
  • Recurrent/Chronic abdominal pain need proper investigations and treatment. See your doctor for advice and help.
Last Reviewed : 27 April 2012
Content Writer : Dr. Nor Asiah bt. Hashim
Reviewer : Dr. Salmah bt. Nordin
  : Dr. Norizzati Bukhary bt. Ismail Bukhary