Upper Left Side of Stomach Swollen

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

The area below the left lower tends to be where the spleen or pancreas lies. Other possibilities may include the colon (part of the large intestine).

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Swelling under left lower ribs

Possible causes

  • Cirrhosis of the liver

    A condition where normal liver is permanently damaged and replaced with scar issue. There are many different causes including infections, alcohol abuse and diabetes.

  • Multiple myeloma (MM)

    This is a cancer of a type of white blood cell in the blood, called a plasma cell. Cancerous cells multiply and "crowd out" other healthy, normal cells. Risk factors include positive family history, older age, and male sex. Symptoms include fatigue, bone pain, weight loss, and inability to fight infections.

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

    An autoimmune disease, caused by the body's own immune system attacking organs and cells in the body. The exact cause is unclear, but risk factors include female gender, childbearing age, and heredity.

  • Adult Still's disease

Related serious diseases

  • Acute HIV infection

    Acute HIV infection occurs in some individuals during the first 4 weeks after contracting the HIV virus. The virus rapidly attacks the immune cells and causes fevers, headaches, and sometimes a rash. The patient is highly contagious during this time as the viral load is high. Risk factors for transmitting HIV include unprotected sexual activity and contaminated needle stick injuries(e.g., via tattoos or sharing needles). Rarely, it is transmitted through the transfusion of blood products.

  • Infective endocarditis

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Does the area below your left lower ribs feel stretched or swollen?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Have you lost weight recently?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you have any joint pain?

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