Abdominal pain, which in most cases manifests as stomach ache, refers to discomfort in the lower abdomen and any area between the chest and the groin. It may be due to infection, abnormal growth, inflammation, blockage, or an intestinal disorder.
The location and type of pain can give clues to the cause.
If it feels like a cramp or a dull ache in the abdominal area, it is usually short lived and not serious.
However, if the pain is sudden and concentrated in a specific area, do seek medical help as soon as you can. Call our 24HR Emergency Clinic (65) 6705 2999.
Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix and can be either acute or chronic. The appendix is a small organ connected to the large intestine that serves as a reservoir for healthy gut bacteria.
The exact cause of appendicitis is unknown. It usually develops when part of the appendix is blocked. When this happens, bacteria can multiply, which may lead to infection.
A complete blood count blood test will be done to check for white blood cell increase due to infection.
Abdominal imaging tests are done with ultrasound or CT scan to check for inflammation or abdominal abscesses.
The right side of the abdomen is examined for tenderness or swelling and rigidity. A pelvic examination can also be done to rule out pelvic inflammatory disease or ovarian cysts.
Urine tests may be done to rule out a urinary tract infection (UTI) or kidney stones.