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What organ is just below the left rib cage.Had a sharp pain

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What organ is just below the left rib cage.Had a sharp pain that woke me up during the night.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 years ago.



Following organs are situated below the left rib cage, which can be responsible for the pain;


1) Stomach

2) Esophagus or food pipe

3) Spleen

4) Kidney

5) Heart

6) Lung


If you are not at the risk or heart disease, stomach diseases are the commonest cause responsible for the pain. These can be;


1) Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

2) Peptic ulcer disease

3) Hiatus hernia

4) Esophagitis

5) Gastritis


Antacids like Maalox or Tums with acid blockers like Prilosec are beneficial in above mentioned disease. Occasionally gall bladder pain can cause left sided upper abdominal pain.


If you stressed, sedentary, smoker, diabetic, have high blood pressure / abnormal lipids, over-weight, an EKG would be prudent.


Please feel free for your follow up questions.


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