Pulsating Mass in Stomach
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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

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Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

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  • Throbbing / pulsating lump in tummy

  • Pulsatile lump in the tummy

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Content updated on Jan 4, 2023

About the symptom

It describes a mass in the tummy which is throbbing or moving rhythmically.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Throbbing lump in tummy

Possible causes

  • Aortic aneurysm

    Aortic aneurysms are balloon-like enlargements in the major vessel that supplies blood to the body (aorta). They can rupture and bleed, which can be life-threatening. Aneurysms can develop anywhere along the aorta, but are most commonly in the lower portion of the aorta. Common causes include high blood pressure, fat buildup in the artery, infections, trauma, or blood vessel diseases.

Related serious diseases

  • Aortic dissection / aortic aneurysm rupture

    Aortic dissection is a medical emergency caused by a tear in the inner layer of the main artery of the body, the aorta. It can affect anyone but is most common in men in their 60s and 70s. Risk factors include high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, and weakened and bulging artery (aneurysm).

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  • Can you feel a pulse near your belly button?

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Reviewed By:

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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