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Your Pain in the Upper Right Abdomen May Also be Known as:
Pain in the upper right belly
Pain in the upper right gut
Pain in the upper right stomach
Pain in the upper right stomach area
Pain in the upper right tummy
Right upper quadrant abdominal pain
Upper right abdomen pain
Upper right belly pain
Upper right gut pain

Top 10 Pain in the Upper Right Abdomen Causes

  1. 1.Chronic Hepatitis c

    Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that is carried in human blood. It spreads through contact with infected blood, such as through infected needles, toothbrushes, or razors, through unprotected sex with an infected person, and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    You should schedule a visit with a doctor to discuss your symptoms and possible treatments.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, muscle aches, loss of appetite, joint pain
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic hepatitis c:
    pain in the lower right abdomen, pain in the lower left abdomen, pain in the upper left abdomen, pain around the belly button
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Chronic Gallstones

    Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver.

    You should visit your primary care physician to speak about your pain. Your doctor would perform an ultrasound to recognize something going on in your gallbladder.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, loss of appetite, unintentional weight loss, vomiting, pain in the upper right abdomen
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Gallstones

    Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver.

    You should visit your primary care physician to speak about your pain. Your doctor would perform an ultrasound to recognize something going on in your gallbladder.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, pain in the upper right abdomen
    Symptoms that always occur with gallstones:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Symptoms that never occur with gallstones:
    abdominal pain that improves after passing stools
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Gall Bladder Infection (Cholecystitis)

    Cholecystitis is the inflammation of the gallbladder. The gallbladder holds bile (a digestive juice). Gallstones can form when the bile gets thick, and these stones can block up the gallbladder and cause inflammation.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where an ultrasound of your abdomen and blood tests would confirm a diagnosis. Not seeking care may lead to the gallbladder bursting and causing a deadly infection in the abdomen.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation
    Symptoms that always occur with gall bladder infection (cholecystitis):
    abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Symptoms that never occur with gall bladder infection (cholecystitis):
    pain in the upper left abdomen, pain in the lower left abdomen
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  5. 5.Hepatitis b

    Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) that is carried in human blood. It spreads through contact with infected blood, such as through infected needles, toothbrushes, or razors, through unprotected sex with an infected person, and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Hepatitis B infection, if confirmed by a blood test, is treated with prescription antiviral medication.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, headache
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Intestinal Infection With Ameba Parasite

    Visiting or living in places with poor sanitation can lead to parasite infections that can cause long-lasting diarrhea and stomach pain.

    You should go see a primary care physician (PCP) soon. Diagnosing parasite infections reuires stool samples at a PCP, and its treatment involves prescription anti-parasitic medications that a PCP would then prescribe.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, chills
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Liver Cancer

    Liver neoplasm is a disorder of the liver. The liver is essential to metabolic processes and is responsible for filtering and cleaning blood.

    You should schedule a visit with your primary care physician (PCP). It is likely imaging will be performed as well as blood tests to inform next steps.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain (stomach ache), unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Bartonella Infection (Cat - Scratch Disease)

    Cat-scratch disease is an infection with bartonella bacteria that may occur after a cat bite. In most cases, the disease is not serious.

    You should visit your physician in the next few days.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, fever, sore throat
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Liver Failure

    Acute liver failure occurs when the liver suddenly struggles to function properly or stop working completely.

    Acute liver failure is a very serious disease requiring immediate medical attention. It would be prudent to go to the emergency room immediately.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, pain in the upper right abdomen
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  10. 10.Acute Hepatitis c

    Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that is carried in human blood. It spreads through contact with infected blood, such as through infected needles, toothbrushes, or razors, through unprotected sex with an infected person, and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    You should schedule a visit with a doctor to discuss your symptoms and possible treatments.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, muscle aches, fever
    Symptoms that never occur with acute hepatitis c:
    pain in the upper left abdomen, pain in the lower left abdomen, pain in the lower right abdomen, pain around the belly button
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in the Upper Right Abdomen

  • Q.How long has your abdominal pain been going on?
  • Q.How severe is your abdominal pain?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Where is your abdominal pain?

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Pain in the Upper Right Abdomen Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in the upper right abdomen have also experienced:

    • 10% Nausea
    • 4% Diarrhea
    • 4% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • People who have experienced pain in the upper right abdomen had symptoms persist for:

    • 39% Less Than a Day
    • 35% Less Than a Week
    • 10% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced pain in the upper right abdomen were most often matched with:

    • 13% Gallstones

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