It is the pain in the abdomen. It may last for a while or for months or years. It can be mild or very severe. The other synonyms of abdominal pain are stomach ache, tummy ache or belly ache.

Causes :

Acute Abdominal Pain:

  • Appendicitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Fecal impaction
  • Intussusceptions
  • Kidney stones
  • Liver abscess
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pericarditis
  • Ruptured spleen
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Salpingitis

Chronic Abdominal Pain:

  • Endometritis
  • Gallstones
  • GERD
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease(PID)
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Gastritis
  • Ovarian cysts


In 105 patients (42%), US examination of the abdomen resulted in a relevant clinical finding and was thus considered positive.

A high percentage of patients were elderly (>65 years; 52%) and very elderly (>80 years; 24%); these patients showed a significantly higher percentage of positive US scans.

The proportion of positive scans was not significantly different between localized and non-localized pain.

Specific pain location was associated with US findings such as hepatic masses, ovarian masses and renal stones, whereas non-localized pain was associated with abdominal free fluid and fluid-distended bowel loops.