Mass in the abdomen
An abdominal mass is swelling in one part of the belly area (abdomen).
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:
Other terms used to find the location of abdominal pain or masses include:
The location of the mass and its firmness, texture, and other qualities can provide clues to its cause.
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