Burning abdominal pain

Also known as Gastric pain, Stomach burning, and Dull abdominal pain

Abdominal pain (or stomach ache) is a common symptom associated with transient disorders or serious disease. Diagnosing the cause of abdominal pain can be difficult, because many diseases can cause this symptom. Most frequently the cause is benign and/or self-limiting, but more serious causes may require urgent intervention.

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What causes it?

The most common causes of burning abdominal pain are noninfectious gastroenteritis, gastritis, and urinary tract infection. Other possible causes, such as infectious gastroenteritis, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with burning abdominal pain, 61% report having vomiting, 49% report having diarrhea, and 47% report having nausea.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with burning abdominal pain often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, urinalysis, intravenous fluid replacement, glucose measurement, kidney function tests, electrolytes panel and x-ray computed tomography .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with burning abdominal pain include bismuth subsalicylate (pepto-bismol), lipase, aluminum hydroxide / magnesium hydroxide / simethicone, methylcellulose (citrucel), amoxicillin/clarithromycin/lansoprazole, kaolin / pectin, carbetapentane / chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine, camphor-menthol topical, electrolyte replacement solutions, oral, acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / doxylamine / pseudoephedrine, trimetrexate, hydrocortisone-neomycin topical and moricizine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for burning abdominal pain include age 5-14 years.

Age

< 1 years
0.1x
1-4 years
1.1x
5-14 years
2.2x
15-29 years
1.5x
30-44 years
1.1x
45-59 years
0.7x
60-74 years
0.5x
75+ years
0.5x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.3x
Hispanic
1.3x
White
0.8x
Other
1.1x
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