Abdominal Lump: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 10/6/2020

An abdominal lump can be related to different causes. Some people describe an abdominal lump, or mass in the abdomen, as being associated with other symptoms such as a

  • burning or aching sensation,
  • feeling of heaviness or weakness in the abdomen,
  • a sense of pressure in the abdomen, or
  • pain when coughing or straining.

Obstructions, infections, scar tissue, hernias, and tumors are all possible causes of a lump felt within the abdomen. The lump may be soft or firm and can vary in size. Some causes of abdominal lumps or swellings can be painless, while others are associated with discomfort.

Other causes of abdominal lump


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