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Upper Right Quadrant Pain

Upper Right Quadrant Pain

Pain in the upper right quadrant can be caused due to numerous reasons like disorders of the liver, stomach, etc. This article provides detailed information on the potential causes and treatment methods.
Madhura Pandit
Last Updated: May 31, 2018
Many vital organs are located in the stomach area. Therefore, disorders or abnormalities related to these organs result in abdominal pain. The abdomen is divided into four parts or quadrants, viz., the upper right quadrant, upper left quadrant, lower right quadrant, and the lower left quadrant. The liver and the gallbladder are the important organs located in the upper right quadrant. Therefore, in most of the cases, diseases and disorders related to them can cause pain in that region.
Causes
➡ Gallbladder Disorders
Gallstones is the most common of all gallbladder diseases. It is caused when there is an abnormal accumulation of bile components in the body. On the other hand, infection to the gallbladder and gallbladder cancer can result in pain under ribs. In case of gallbladder diseases, abdominal pain is accompanied with other symptoms.
➡ Liver Disorders
This is the most common and prominent symptom of disorders related to the liver, like liver cirrhosis. On the other hand, infections of any kind in the liver, jaundice, and any kind of trauma or injury to the liver can also lead to pain.
➡ Renal Disorders
Certain renal disorders, i.e., diseases related to the kidneys like pyelonephritis, kidney stones, and kidney infections cause upper right quadrant pain. Kidney infection is caused due to bacterial infection whereas kidney stones is the result of accumulation of excess calcium and uric acid in the kidneys.
➡ Gastric Disorders
Diseases like gastritis, Crohn's disease, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), etc., are other possible causes. Most of the time, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract are caused due to improper eating habits, change in lifestyle, or bacterial infections. If the symptoms are frequent and persistent, the condition becomes chronic.
Apart from these, other causes include peptic ulcers, disorders of the colon and pancreas, intestinal obstruction, etc. If the pain is caused due to some minor reason, it will subside in some time. On the other hand, if there is a serious underlying cause, you may experience sharp throbbing pain. In this case, you need to consult the doctor as soon as possible
Treatment
Disorders can be treated by medication, antibiotics, or surgery. In case of kidney stone, if the stone is large in size, one needs to undergo hospitalization and surgery. If severe dehydration is caused due to any of these diseases, IV fluids will be prescribed.
One should remember that nearly all the aforementioned diseases can be treated effectively and the person can recover completely. It is recommended to consult the doctor immediately in order to get the causes of pain diagnosed and treated completely. It is also advisable to follow the preventive measures to avoid the recurrence.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only and does not, in any way, intend to replace the advice of a medical professional.