Point tenderness - abdomen

Abdominal tenderness

Abdominal point tenderness is the pain you feel when pressure is placed over a certain 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.

Appendix

The appendix is near the junction of the small bowel and the colon. On occasion, it may become infected. Although most people are familiar with appendicitis, it is a relatively rare disease. It is treated by surgical removal of the appendix (appendectomy). Recovery time for uncomplicated appendicitis is usually just three days.

Considerations

Causes

When to Contact a Medical Professional

What to Expect at Your Office Visit