How is Abdominal pain investigated?

Abdominal pain is generally caused by organs within the abdominal cavity. These include the stomach, gallbladder, small and large intestine, appendices and pancreas. In some cases, pain is caused by the abdominal wall muscles and can be non-specific.

The cause for your pain may be investigated by one or more of the following:

  • Understanding the charactersitics of the pain
  • Examination
  • Blood tests
  • Abdominal X-ray
  • Ultra-sound Scan
  • CT Scan
  • MRI Scan
  • Gastroscopy

What is a gastroscopy?

A gastroscope is a thin flexible tube with a camera at the tip which when inserted looks inside your food pipe, stomach and the¬†first part of the small intestine called the Duodenum. ¬†Patients often have a local anaesthetic spray to your throat or sedation. This is a day case procedure that doesn’t normally require a hospital stay.

A gastroscopy is used to diagnose:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acid reflux
  • Inflammation in the food pipe, stomach and Duodenum
  • Ulcers in the stomach and duodenum
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Treat bleeding ulcers

Serious risks from this procedure is very rare.

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