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16, female. i can feel and see a pulse in my stomach is this normal? sometimes its stronger other times its weak. no pain my boyfriend has it to.

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Dr. Albert Melaragno
Pediatrics 45 years experience
Yes: It is normal. you are feeling the pulsation of your abdominal aorta. It can often be felt in slender young people
Dr. Cesar Vazquez
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Normal physiology: The pulse you see and feel is your descending aorta. Depending on your body type/habitus it may be more prominent in some people than others. If you are very thin it's more noticeable. As a side note, there are people that have cardiovascular disease who may also notice this "pulsating" aorta which is an ominous signs of a possible (AAA) aortic artery aneurysm. See your PMD if u need more info.

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A 16-year-old female asked:

16, female. I can feel and see a pulse in my stomach is this normal? sometimes its stronger other times its weak. No pain my boyfriend has it to. Is t

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Normal: It is common and normal to see pulsations in the abdomen as the largest artery in the body,the aorta, is located in the midline of the abdomen. It is very visible in slender people. If the pulsations are exceedingly prominent or a very large mass is present, a physician should examine you,however although an aneurysm would be very unusual in your age group.

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