What organ is under the left rib cage in front?

The spleen sits under your rib cage in the upper left part of your abdomen toward your back. It is an organ that is part of the lymph system and works as a drainage network that defends your body against infection.

So, how do you test for pericarditis?

The diagnosis of pericarditis is made by history and physical examination. Testing usually includes an electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG), chest X-ray, and echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart. The inflammation of pericarditis is usually treated with anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen).

Is pericarditis life threatening?

Pericarditis can range from mild illness that gets better on its own, to a lifethreatening condition. Fluid buildup around the heart and poor heart function can complicate the disorder. However, pericarditis may come back. This is called recurrent, or chronic, if symptoms or episodes continue.

What does an angina attack feel like?

Angina often is described as pressure, squeezing, burning, or tightness in the chest. The pain or discomfort usually starts behind the breastbone. Pain from angina also can occur in the arms, shoulders, neck, jaw, throat, or back. The pain may feel like indigestion.
The symptoms of chronic pancreatitis are similar to those of acute pancreatitis. Patients frequently feel constant pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to the back. In some patients, the pain may be disabling. Other symptoms are diarrhea and weight loss caused by poor absorption (malabsorption) of food.
No symptoms in some cases. Pain or fullness in the left upper abdomen that may spread to the left shoulder. Feeling full without eating or after eating only a small amount from the enlarged spleen pressing on your stomach. Anemia.
The main symptom of pancreatitis is pain felt in the upper left side or middle of the abdomen. The pain: May be worse within minutes after eating or drinking at first, more commonly if foods have a high fat content. Becomes constant and more severe, lasting for several days.

What are the symptoms of cancer of the spleen?

The most common symptoms of spleen cancer are:
  • enlarged spleen, which may become twice as large as normal.
  • pain in the abdomen, usually in the upper left corner.
  • weakness.
  • unexplained weight loss.
  • fatigue.
  • fever.
  • night sweats.
  • high levels of lymphocytes in the blood.
Symptoms you may experience with an enlarged spleen include: pressure or pain in the left upper part of your abdomen (near the stomach), feeling full without eating a large meal, or pain your left shoulder blade or shoulder area when taking a deep breath.
Relieving your splenomegaly. To treat your enlarged spleen, your doctor will have to treat the underlying cause. If the infection that causes your enlarged spleen is caused by bacteria, antibiotics may help. If a virus caused your infection, as is the case with mononucleosis, antibiotics would be of no help.

What is under the left lung?

The left side of the body houses a number of vital organs. Under and around the left breastbone are the heart, spleen, stomach, pancreas, and large intestine. And that’s in addition to the left lung, left breast, and left kidney, which actually sits higher in the body than the right one.
The organs within your LUQ include:
  • Spleen.
  • Stomach.
  • Pancreas (a part of it – it crosses the midline).
  • Left kidney (at the back behind the other organs) and left adrenal gland.
  • Upper part of the large bowel (colon).

What are the symptoms of a ruptured spleen?

Signs and symptoms of a ruptured spleen include:
  • Pain in the upper left abdomen.
  • Tenderness when you touch the upper left abdomen.
  • Left shoulder pain, particularly if you also have cuts and bruises on the left chest or side.
  • Confusion, lightheadedness or dizziness.

How long does it take for costochondritis to go away?

The symptoms of costochondritis usually go away in about 3 to 8 weeks. Costochondritis may take as long as a year to go away in some people, and the condition can be chronic, meaning that it is a long-term continuous problem.
If an enlarged spleen causes serious complications or the cause can‘t be identified or treated, surgical removal of your spleen (splenectomy) may be an option. You can live an active life without a spleen, but you‘re more likely to contract serious or even life-threatening infections after spleen removal.

How big is an enlarged spleen?

A spleen weighing up to 500 grams (1.1 pounds) or between 11 to 20 cm (4.3 to 8 inches) in its longest dimension is considered enlarged. Splenomegaly greater than 1000 gm (2 lb 3.3 oz) or longer than 20 cm (8 inches) is considered severe or massive.

What side of the body is the pancreas?

The head of the pancreas is on the right side of the abdomen where the stomach is attached to the first part of the small intestine (the duodenum). The tail of the pancreas – its narrowest part – extends to the left side of the abdomen next to the spleen.
What they feel like: A sharp pain in your upper middle abdomen that moves to your right side, under your rib cage. The pain can worsen after eating. Fix it: If the pain doesn’t go away in a few hours or you’re running a fever or vomiting, go to the doctor. She can diagnose gallstones via CT scan or ultrasound.

What is Chondritis?

Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage in the rib cage. The condition usually affects the cartilage where the upper ribs attach to the breastbone, or sternum, an area known as the costosternal joint or costosternal junction. Chest pain caused by costochondritis can range from mild to severe.

What side of the body is the liver?

The liver is a large, meaty organ that sits on the right side of the belly. Weighing about 3 pounds, the liver is reddish-brown in color and feels rubbery to the touch. Normally you can’t feel the liver, because it’s protected by the rib cage. The liver has two large sections, called the right and the left lobes.

What is the spleen’s function?

The spleen plays multiple supporting roles in the body. It acts as a filter for blood as part of the immune system. Old red blood cells are recycled in the spleen, and platelets and white blood cells are stored there. The spleen also helps fight certain kinds of bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis.

Do you need a spleen?

Living without a spleen. If your spleen needs to be removed, other organs such as the liver can take over many of the spleen’s functions. This means you will still be able to cope with most infections. However, there is a small risk that a serious infection may develop quickly.

Where is the gallbladder located on the body?

Your gallbladder is a four-inch, pear-shaped organ. It’s positioned under your liver in the upper-right section of your abdomen. The gallbladder stores bile, a combination of fluids, fat, and cholesterol. Bile helps break down fat from food in your
intestine.

What is gastritis and how do you treat it?

Taking antacids and other drugs (such as proton pump inhibitors or H-2 blockers) to reduce stomach acid. Avoiding hot and spicy foods. For gastritis caused by H. pylori infection, your doctor will prescribe a regimen of several antibiotics plus an acid blocking drug (used for heartburn)