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25 Common Causes of Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain is a common symptom associated with many health conditions. The pain can be mild, moderate, or severe and a quick diagnosis of the cause can be life-saving. 

The time course of the pain (acute, chronic, or progressive) is very useful in classifying causes of abdominal pain, however, the site of the pain, onset, pattern, and alleviating factors are features that are also important.

Abdominal pain

Acute Abdominal Pain

This is abdominal pain that lasts from hours to days. Common causes of acute abdominal pain include:

  • Appendicitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Intussusception in children
  • Pancreatitis
  • Perforated gastric or duodenal ulcer
  • Splenic Rupture
  • Urinary Tract Infection

Chronic Abdominal Pain

This is abdominal pain that lasts over a period of weeks, months, or years without necessarily getting worse. It is usually episodic with periods of remission. Conditions that present with chronic abdominal pain include:

Progressive Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain is progressive when it worsens over time. It is caused by chronic conditions, some of which include:

  • Hepatitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Gastric cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Lead poisoning

When To See A Doctor

It is important to see a doctor if the pain is severe and unbearable or associated with any fever, nausea, vomiting, bloody stools, weight loss, abdominal swelling, and jaundice.


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