palpable abdominal mass

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   Posted 8/20/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I just have a weird kind of question. Does anyone know what doctors (or medical references) mean when they talk about a "papable abdominal mass"???
I'm trying to figure out if that means, a touchable soft stomache where they see a mass or what ? I just don't get it...
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   Posted 8/20/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Love angels:

I think a palpable abdominal mass, basically means that it is a mass that can be felt by a physician when she examines your abdomen. It is something out of the ordinary and an indication of a problem. Physicians can feel the main internal organs when they examine you -- liver, pancreas, stomach, intestines etc. They know how they are supposed to feel and where they should be in relation to everything else. If a loop of bowel is badly inflamed or strictured a skilled physician should be able to feel it on examination -- unless the bowel loop is way in back. LIkewise if the liver or spleen is enlarged. Tumours can also sometimes be felt if they are large enough.

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   Posted 8/20/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Bellenstein explained this so very well. Do you have a mass that the doctors can feel?
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   Posted 8/21/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Was just wandering if that would also be felt for a abcess? What is your Dr. doing about it? lol gail
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