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Pain in the epigastic region could be due to something as simple as reflux disesea or more serious entities such as rupture of an aortic aneurysm or cancer of stomach. The onset of the pain,duration, intensity, type, aggravating and relieving factors are impotant in determining an acute condition. Quick diagnosis of a ruptured aortic aneuysm can save the life of the patient. An abdominal ultrasound can help find out the exact cause of the epigastic pain. Conditions which may present with epigastric pain include peptic ulcer, liver abscess, gastric cancer, liver cancer, myocardial infarction. It is important to know thatt a heart attacks can show up with an atypical presentation of epigastric pain. Early reporting to the doctor on occurence of epigastric pain helps save the life of many patients.
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