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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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Can you have microcolitis & gall bladder at the same time? First prob is gone but have swelling under right rib cage and extreme pain between ribs

Can you have microcolitis & gall bladder at the same time? First prob is gone but have swelling under right rib cage and extreme pain between ribs

See your doctor: Right upper quadrant abdominal pain may be a sign of gallbladder disease, but can also reflect other problems as well, such as liver disease, ulcer of the stomach or small intestine, musculoskeletal issues, etc. See your doctor for history and physical exam, and perhaps ultrasound of the abdomen to assist in diagnoses. ...Read more

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Pain & swelling left rib cage?

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 be causing swelling under the right rib cage?

What could be causing swelling under the right rib cage?

Under the R rib cage: Includes your spleen & the splenic flexural of the colon as well as the pancreas. Repeated infections can cause splenic enlargement, & can also be the source of repeated infections. See your PCP 4 eval & referrals if needed. ...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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I have a swelling on right side under the rib cage, and occasional pain?

I have a swelling on right side under the rib cage, and occasional pain?

Hmmm: Depends where the swelling is located, the time to onset, the size, severity and duration of the pain. A good start to figure this out would be to see your doctor, and possibly get a chest x-ray if the cause isn't readily apparent. ...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 and visual swelling of the leftside rib cage area with no injury? Comes and goes. Can last from 1week to a month at a time.

Pain and visual swelling of the leftside rib cage area with no injury? Comes and goes. Can last from 1week to a month at a time.

It depends: Sounds like costochondritis. Costochondritis is inflammation at he junction between the ribs and sternum. There can be localized chest wall pain and tenderness on the front of the rib cage. Costochondritis is a relatively harmless condition and usually goes away without treatment. The cause is usually unknown. Costochondritis affects females more often than males (70% versus 30%). ...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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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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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

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Painless swelling under breast on rib cage?

Painless swelling under breast on rib cage?

Costrochondritis?: If there is a point specific area located over the rib or ribs this is a good bet. If so ice nsaids & 4 peace of mind, c ur pcp. ...Read more

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Can the pancreas cause noticeable swelling under the left rib cage?

Can the pancreas cause noticeable swelling under the left rib cage?

No: Did you fall down and Injured your Rib?
Has it been there for long time? Then it would be normal Varient. ...Read more

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Swelling and constant pain just beneath my right rib cage close to the middle of my body?

Swelling and constant pain just beneath my right rib cage close to the middle of my body?

Unclear: If you have had recent trauma, cracked ribs can be diagnosed on ct scan and often times on x-ray also. If you are having pain under the right rib cage, it may be your gallbladder or liver. See a physician if your pain is persistent/severe. ...Read more

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What to do if I have swelling under my left pectoral (top of rib cage). What could it be?

What to do if I have swelling under my left pectoral (top of rib cage). What could it be?

Muscle: You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more

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My daughter is having pain and slight swelling in her upper left quadrant. It is below rib cage. What could that be?

My daughter is having pain and slight swelling in her upper left quadrant. It is below rib cage. What could that be?

Spleen or ribs: It can be hard to tell the cause of pain in this region of the body. Teenagers with mono can get an enlarged spleen and have pain from that. Another possibility is pain from the cartilage connected to the ribs ie costochondritis. The lowest ribs have more cartilage than the others that can really get inflamed. (i've had it) the best treatment is motrin. To be sure I would get checked soon. ...Read more

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I have slight swelling right below my left rib cage don't know what it is being treated for mild diverticulitis right now could it be that?

I have slight swelling right below my left rib cage don't know what it is being treated for mild diverticulitis right now could it be that?

Unlikely: If it feels like dough, it could be a lipoma (a benign fatty tumor underneath the skin). These are usually not tender when you press on them. It is unlikely that you would have any cutaneous (skin) manifestations of diverticulitis, especially mild. ...Read more

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Pain on left side of rib cage (no physical injury, but swelling), even on deep breathing. Localized on touching. Had a bike accident 2 days back.

Pain on left side of rib cage (no physical injury, but swelling), even on deep breathing. Localized on touching. Had a bike accident 2 days back.

Possible fracture.: It is possible to fracture a rib or just bruise it up pretty well. Sometimes the pain can be severe. As long as you are not having any shortness of breath (excluding that due to sharp pain with inspiration) you will heal. There is no real benefit to having rib xrays as the treatment will be the same -avoid injuring it while it heals. ...Read more

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I have a swelling under my right rib cage after meal.

I have a swelling under my right rib cage after meal.

Gallbladder: There are a number of potential causes and I would not hesitate to be seen. Having a problem with the gallbladder is one cause; which is located in the right upper quadrant and is often aggravated by eating greasy foods. ...Read more

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21 year old who when she sits back in a chair feels like her ribs is sticking out. Slight discomfort and pain and slight swelling below right rib cage?

21 year old who when she sits back in a chair feels like her ribs is sticking out. Slight discomfort and pain and slight swelling below right rib cage?

Need to be checked: She needs to be examined to find out if there is anything wrong with her.
So take her to her doctor and get it checked. ...Read more

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I have a lipoma in my back on top of rib cage (u/s done) could that have anything to do with the swelling I have in the rib/flank area now?

I have a lipoma in my back on top of rib cage (u/s done) could that have anything to do with the swelling I have in the rib/flank area now?

Lipmoa: Lipoma is a benign fatty lump that occurs under the skin & does not become cancerous. Is the swelling you feel at the same site as the lipoma? A lipoma can feel raised or lumpy and could cause a swelling feeling at the same site as the lipoma itself. ...Read more

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Calf pain with no redness or swelling sometimes spreads to thigh and rib cage?

Calf pain with no redness or swelling sometimes spreads to thigh and rib cage?

Calf pain: Does it come on when you walk and stop when you stop. If so then consider intermittent claudication. If smoking stop now. Happy to do 2nd opinion to help. ...Read more

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Gall bladder removed June 2014. Most every day my right rib cage area pain is debilitating and swelling is immense passes by morning repeats daily?

Gall bladder removed June 2014. Most every day my right rib cage area pain is debilitating and swelling is immense passes by morning repeats daily?

Time for a CT scan: Some people can have scar tissue develop to the abdominal wall/rib area. This is fixable. A CT scan with IV contrast should be acquired to make sure it isn't something else such as injury to the right hepatic artery or duct system. If there is a structure of the bile duct, it can give you pain with normal labs. ...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 just had my gallbladder removed 2 days ago. I have swelling under my right rib cage & severe pain. The pain meds only work for 2 hrs. IS this normal?

Severe pain?: When you have abdominal surgery air gets trapped in the abdominal cavity and can cause sharp pains. If you have severe pain, especially with any kind of fever, nausea or vomiting, you need to call your surgeon. ...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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I have a area under my rib cage on the left side, that's hurts and swelling up the size of my hand And making my left side go numb?

I have a area under my rib cage on the left side, that's hurts and swelling up the size of my hand And making my left side go numb?

Need exam: Unable to give answer to your symptoms with out exam
If this just started today, then you need to be seen, if it has been present for days, then make your apt within the next week.

Good luck

this could be a hernia, but exam is necessary. ...Read more

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Hi, I have swelling/tenderness on the right side of my abdomen underneath the rib cage. It hurts when I press on the area and showed up out of the blu?

Hi, I have swelling/tenderness on the right side of my abdomen underneath the rib cage. It hurts when I press on the area and showed up out of the blu?

Need exam: In your age group (21), the first 3 diagnoses I'd consider would be: infectious mononucleosis, cholecystitis, and hepatitis. It may be less serious, but those are the serious causes to be considered and ruled out. Blood work can likely sort it out. Good luck with it. ...Read more

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I'm imuran (azathioprine) and I've been having unusual cramping pain and swelling below my rib cage that has been getting worse. What can it be?

Cannot say in: Your particular case, since you are likely on imuran (azathioprine) for a particluar reason, and that reason is likely connected to the cause of the pain!
Ulcer, musculoskeletal pain, liver or gallbladder (if on the right) ulcer/stomach irritation (if on the left or central). ...Read more

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Have quite a big lump of swelling on my left rib cage at the top? It's very soft but it's fast growing, currently have a chest infection as well.

Have quite a big lump of swelling on my left rib cage at the top? It's very soft but it's fast growing, currently have a chest infection as well.

Concerning: A lump in the setting of an infection could be a lymph node, if it is at the clavicle, such a node may be something serious. Any lump that grows rapidly likely should be checked out to see what it is! ...Read more

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Having extreme rib cage pain, even skin is painful for me to touch. Also have noticed a largish swelling under left breast, on top of the ribs.

Having extreme rib cage pain, even skin is painful for me to touch. Also have noticed a largish swelling under left breast, on top of the ribs.

Shingles?: This could represent shingles. Costochondritis is also another possibility. I think it would be best to see your primary care doctor to discuss this and have a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Pain in luq goes around to side. I have swelling there as well and above rib cage below breast and all around that area and wraps around to back.

LUQ and rib cage: Unless you were born with situs inversus where your gall bladder and other organs are reversed, your discomfort may be due to problems with the spleen, base of left lung, gas entrapment in the left upper colon, cracked rib or pinched intercostal nerve which runs between two ribs in the lower left rib cage. Pinched nerve pain is sharp, shooting and worse with a deep breath. Your MD can examine you ...Read more

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I have swelling under left breast on top of rib cage, also entire rib pain even skin to touch.?

Could be: Shingles. If caught early in its course, treatment with antiviral medication is effective. Also could be something else, so it is best to see a doctor for this. ...Read more