Abdominal mass

Mass in the abdomen

An abdominal mass is swelling in one part of the belly area (abdomen).

Anatomical landmarks, front view

There are three body views (front, back and side) that may be helpful if you are uncertain of a body area. Many areas are referred to by both descriptive and technical names. For example, the back of the knee is called the popliteal fossa. However, areas like the flank may not have both names, so the location may be unclear.

Digestive system

The esophagus, stomach, large and small intestine, aided by the liver, gallbladder and pancreas convert the nutritive components of food into energy and break down the non-nutritive components into waste to be excreted.

Fibroid tumors

Fibroid tumors may not need to be removed if they are not causing pain, bleeding excessively, or growing rapidly.

Aortic aneurysm

Abdominal aortic aneurysm involves a widening, stretching, or ballooning of the aorta. There are several causes of abdominal aortic aneurysm, but the most common results from atherosclerotic disease. As the aorta gets progressively larger over time there is increased chance of rupture.

Considerations

Causes

Home Care

When to Contact a Medical Professional

What to Expect at Your Office Visit