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Pain in the left side of the abdomen

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my son has severe pain on his left side under bottom rib and he has a knot...pain travels around to his back and up his spine...


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replied June 28th, 2010
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Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know the cause of the symptoms that your son experiences.

There are several conditions that are characterized by pain in the left side of the abdomen under the bottom rib such as chondritis, pancreatitis and an enlarged spleen. Chondritis is inflammation of the cartilage that connects the rib with the sternum. It is characterized by pain near the sternum, swelling and possible redness of the skin. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas and is characterized by pain which is located in the upper left abdomen and radiates towards the back, between the shoulder blades. The spleen can be enlarged in cases of infective diseases and hematological medical conditions.

Given the data that you described, your son may experience any of the medical conditions listed above. He may consider seeing his doctor to rule out possible chondritis and infection of blood count disorders. He may also consider seeing gastroenterologist to rule out possible pancreatitis.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please advise your son to contact his doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.


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