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Can belly pain be a sign of a serious health situation?

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In brief: Of course

A myriad of disease processes can first manifest with abdominal pain.
The question is too general to make any specific recommendations. However, abdominal pain that persists and is significant enough to garner continued notice should receive attention. Start with a visit to your doctor for a complete history and physical examination.

In brief: Of course

A myriad of disease processes can first manifest with abdominal pain.
The question is too general to make any specific recommendations. However, abdominal pain that persists and is significant enough to garner continued notice should receive attention. Start with a visit to your doctor for a complete history and physical examination.
Dr. Michael Sawyer
Dr. Michael Sawyer
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Belly pain can be a sign of a serious illness, but fortunately the majority of belly pains are self-resolving, minor problems.
Every person has a tummy ache of some kind, of some severity, once in a while. One should see a doctor if pain is severe, pain is recurrent, tummy is bloated, there's much vomiting, there's much diarrhea/constipation, if vomiting up blood, if pooping out blood, or etc...

In brief: Yes

Belly pain can be a sign of a serious illness, but fortunately the majority of belly pains are self-resolving, minor problems.
Every person has a tummy ache of some kind, of some severity, once in a while. One should see a doctor if pain is severe, pain is recurrent, tummy is bloated, there's much vomiting, there's much diarrhea/constipation, if vomiting up blood, if pooping out blood, or etc...
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If a child has persistent or intermittent belly pain they need to be examined to determine the cause.
Common causes include constipation, urinary infection, stomach virus and gas. Less common but more serious causes include appendicitis, tumor or blockage.

In brief: Yes

If a child has persistent or intermittent belly pain they need to be examined to determine the cause.
Common causes include constipation, urinary infection, stomach virus and gas. Less common but more serious causes include appendicitis, tumor or blockage.
Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz
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