- Abdominal mass:
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a doctor would ask.
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Abdominal mass. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: An abdominal mass which changes in size and can be popped back in may be a hernia. However, an abdominal mass which has steadily grown in size recently may be bowel cancer, an aortic aneurysm or even constipation.
Why: The length of time which you have had the abdominal mass may reflect the nature of the mass i.e. the longer a mass has been present the more likely that it is benign, though this is not always the case.
Why: Bowel movements which have been darker than usual, "tarry" and unusually "sticky" may be an indication of bowel cancer or gastrointestinal hemorrhage. A change in the frequency of bowel movements can indicate bowel cancer, particularly when they have decreased in frequency. Alternatively, and more commonly, a decreased frequency of bowel movements can be an indication of constipation.
Why: These can be symptoms of cancer.
Why: An appendiceal abscess as a result of severe appendicitis can be common but quickly ruled out as the cause of an abdominal mass if your appendix has been previously removed.
Why: Enlargement of your spleen (splenomegaly) can be caused by many things, such as glandular fever, leukaemia, malaria, hepatitis, cirrhosis, sickle cell anemia, thalassemia or septicemia. It is important for your health professional to know if you do not actually have a spleen as it can easily rule out some possibilities and also alerts them to some conditions you may be more prone to.
Why: Tuberculosis can give a wide variety of masses in different locations.
Why: Malarial infection can cause a large and marked abdominal mass.
Why: In women of reproductive age, a previously undiscovered pregnancy may be found incidentally whilst investigating an abdominal mass. It is important to be sure about whether you are or are not pregnant as some investigations the health professional may perform could potentially harm a fetus.
Why: In women, it is important for your doctor to know how far into your current menstrual cycle you are as it is possible that you may have an ovarian cyst.
Why: These can become quite large and be felt as an abdominal mass.
Why: These are all conditions which have a genetic component, and may be inherited. Whilst some of these cancers do not occur in the abdomen, they may be linked with cancers of abdominal organs: breast cancer can be linked with ovarian cancer and bowel cancer; parathyroid adenoma and pituitary adenoma can be linked with pancreatic cancer; parathyroid adenoma and a specific type of thyroid cancer can be linked with pheochromocytoma (an adrenal gland tumor).
Why: see abdominal pain.
Why: see appetite changes.
Why: see bloody stool.
Why: see blood in urine.
The following list of conditions have 'Abdominal mass' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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