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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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What can cause sudden swelling of the upper left part of my chest (outside rib cage)?

What can cause sudden swelling of the upper left part of my chest (outside rib cage)?

Possibly an Insect--: bite, seems the most plausible explanation; other would include a trauma to the affected site. Both these would cause other symptoms as well. Suggest you see your PCP for a detailed History and an Examination and possible need for investigations; All these elements would be required to provide you with the answers you seek. Good Luck. ...Read more

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What would cause pain and swelling on my ribs on the left side? I have been to the hospital for it and they said it was colitis. I think there wrong.

What would cause pain and swelling on my ribs on the left side? I have been to the hospital for it and they said it was colitis. I think there wrong.

Get rechecked: Rib pain can be muscular, bony or on the surface if associated with a rash. You can always get a second opinion back at the hospital if the pain is worsening. Good luck ...Read more

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Causes of constant pressure under left rib and swelling after eating. Discomfort increases after i eat a meal?

Causes of constant pressure under left rib and swelling after eating. Discomfort increases after i eat a meal?

Abd symptoms: You will need work up done to determine the cause of your problem. It could be pancreas, stomach, guts. Unfortunately, based on the paucity of the information provided, it's impossible to suggest any disease from the description. ...Read more

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I have a swelling on the left side of my rib cage, at the same time I have frozen shoulder, was massage on the back spinal cord area. What causes it?

I have a swelling on the left side of my rib cage, at the same time I have frozen shoulder, was massage on the back spinal cord area. What causes it?

Rib cage swelling: There may be many different reasons why you have swelling around your rib cage. Possible causes include, but are not limited to: rib contusion, rib fracture, costochondritis, shingles, and intercostal neuritis. I would seek a formal evaluation from a qualified medical professional - especially if your swelling is associated with chest pain and/or associated skin lesions. ...Read more

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I have swelling under left breast on top of rib cage what could cause it?

I have swelling under left breast on top of rib cage what could cause it?

Must see doctor: Any breast swelling in the breast or near the breast need clinical examination , possible mammography and other tests including if needed a biopsy . See your doctor with out delay ...Read more

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Is something is wrong with your spleen can it cause left upper stomach swelling and mid back swelling and around ribs?

Is something is wrong with your spleen can it cause left upper stomach swelling and mid back swelling and around ribs?

Spleen. : The spleen is located in the region you have described. When the spleen grows, pathologically of course, it tends to grow down towards the belly button, though. If concern exists, you'd need a CT scan of the abdomen. ...Read more

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What can cause swelling and pain on left side under ribs along with nausea, loose stools and pain in center just under sternum?

What can cause swelling and pain on left side under ribs along with nausea, loose stools and pain in center just under sternum?

See your doctor: Your symptoms may be signs of something significantly wrong. One cannot tell without a complete history, physical and possible lab/imaging tests. Follow with your doctor as soon as you can. Things that can cause pains in chest and ribcage include heartburn, pneumonia, gallbladder problems, infectious processes, liver disease, kidney problems, heart attacks, or blood clots. ...Read more

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Can muscle pain underneath armpit/breast and left side of ribs cause swelling in fingers? Swelling is located on my palm under the fingers?

Can muscle pain underneath armpit/breast and left side of ribs cause swelling in fingers? Swelling is located on my palm under the fingers?

Depends: If your pain in the axilla (armpit) is related to a process or mass that blocks lymph drainage, then swelling can occur in your arm. You should see a doctor to examine the axillary area.For more information www.askyourgynecologist.org ...Read more

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Sir my 14 yrs old son left side chest nipple little swelling and its pain slightly sometime only. Causes and treatment please?

Sir my 14 yrs old son left side chest nipple little swelling and its pain slightly sometime only. Causes and treatment please?

Nipple/breast growth: Pubertal gynecomastia may effect the majority of males as the begin their pubertal transition. Most are minimal and last 6m to a year, but occasional longer episodes do occur (1-3yr) spongy glandular tissue directly under the nipple defines the process.The area around it can be a storage area for fat if overweight.If persisting this long treatment is usually surgical. ...Read more

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Pain & swelling left rib cage?

Rib pain: The rib cage does not often become painful and swollen, unless there was some direct injury to the area (rib fracture/contusion) or some indirect sprain/strain to the muscle/ligament structures (costochondritis...). There can be soft tissue masses (and rarely bony) that can present with such symptoms, so please get evaluated. ...Read more

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What could a swelling on a person's left side under the rib cage be?

What could a swelling on a person's left side under the rib cage be?

Many things there: Spleen, stomach, splenic flexure of the colon. Only way 2 b sure is 2 c ur pcp or an upper GI specialist. ...Read more

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On my left side starting under my rib cage I have pain and swelling that goes to my back, what could it be?

On my left side starting under my rib cage I have pain and swelling that goes to my back, what could it be?

See below: It could be any of several things. You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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Pain in the lower left rib that comes and goes, there's no swelling and its seems worse wen I sit down in scared it's something serious ?

Pain in the lower left rib that comes and goes, there's no swelling and its seems worse wen I sit down in scared it's something serious ?

I wish I knew if: ...you're currently pregnant, but, I'll assume you aren't. Otherwise, I'd say, it's a sign of a healthy, active fetus & NOTHING to worry about. Even so, I doubt it's anything serious since it comes & goes, is positional and there aren't other symptoms. That said, if you're scared it's something serious, it's worth your while to see a doctor if only to get a dose of "piece of mind." Dr. Anne ...Read more

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I have swelling on left side of the bottom of rib cage when I touch it not the same as right side no major pain but discomfort and sometimes feel slig?

Trauma? Shingles: Dear YKarim, have you hit the area? if not, when reading this, I got concerned about Shingles (Herpes zoster) in which case, early antivirals will help. Monitor if you develop redness or bumps in the skin. Costochondritis is another though. A virtual or personal consult might help to clarify the reason. Good luck. ...Read more

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Costochondritis: can it cause swelling of the organs underneath the ribs?

Costochondritis: can it cause swelling of the organs underneath the ribs?

Costochondritis : Most of the time it is a localized condition. Only in severe cases it can cause inflammation of the pleura adjacent to it. ...Read more

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I've got a lil noticeable swelling under my left rib cage but nobpain really. What could it be?

I've got a lil noticeable swelling under my left rib cage but nobpain really. What could it be?

Possibilities!: A swelling under the left rib cage has many differential diagnoses; it could be coming from the skin( lipoma...), from the rib either the cartilage or the bone, it could be coming from the stomach or an enlarged spleen. I would highly recommend have the swelling checked by a professional. ...Read more