A 26-year-old female asked:
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have a pulsing sensation in the middle under my rib cage. my pulse is normal and i feel fine i have just never felt this before. ?

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
20 years experience Hospital-based practice
Probably the aorta: The abdominal aorta (big artery from the heart) can often be felt, especially in thin people, right underneath the rib cage - in the midline ("solar plexus"). Unless it is enlarged, there is usually nothing to worry about. It may be hard for you to tell if it's enlarged, but given your age, I doubt it is. Talk to your doc about appropriate tests. And don't smoke! (most common reason for big aorta)
Answered on Apr 29, 2018

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