Right Upper Quadrant Abdominal Pain

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Gastrointestinal (GI) tract diseases of the liver, biliary organs, stomach, pancreas, and intestine certainly can cause right upper quadrant (RUQ) pain. Disorders of other organ system such as the heart, lung, kidney, adrenal, spine, lymphatic system, skin, and endometrium may also produce RUQ pain. The clinical history and symptoms of each disease process often have characteristics that can help physician formulate a working differential diagnosis. In order to offer appropriate, cost-effective, and timely care to patients with right upper quadrant pain, physicians should take a stepwise approach in diagnosis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPractical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Subtitle of host publicationLiver and Biliary Disease
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781405182751
StatePublished - Aug 31 2010


  • Abdominal pain
  • Biliary colic
  • Cholangitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
  • Endoscopic ultrasonography
  • Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography
  • Pancreatitis
  • Right upper quadrant pain
  • Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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