Pain under rib right rib cage causes intense discomfort and may be a symptom of a serious medical condition. The area under your right rib cage houses your liver, a football-sized organ responsible for helping your body digest nutrients and dispose of toxins. Read on to find out what commonly causes pain in this area and learn if you may have liver problems.
- Cholelithiasis Cholelithiasis is a condition where pebble-like masses, called gallstones, collect in your gallbladder which is located under your liver. When functioning properly, your gallbladder stores and releases bile to help your body digest food. Your gallbladder cannot empty bile quick enough if gallstones develop. Most people with cholelithiasis experience a severe, steady pain under right rib cage. To determine if you have gallstones, your doctor may perform blood tests, a liver or gallbladder scan or abdominal ultrascan. If the gallstones are small, an oral dissolution may be used to melt them so the body can get rid of the gallstones. More severe cases require surgical removal.
- Liver Disease Liver disease also causes pain under right rib cage. Liver disease refers to any of the medical conditions that affect how the liver functions or cause swelling or tissue damage to the organ. A number of things can cause liver disease. Some of these include alcohol abuse, medications, high cholesterol and viruses. Treatment of liver disease will depend on the severity and cause of the condition.
- Liver hemangioma Liver hermangioma occurs when a noncancerous lump develops on the liver. Although the majority of people with this condition experience no symptoms, some do feel a severe pain under right rib cage. Other signs include nausea, vomiting and a lack of appetite. People between the ages of 30 and 50 are most susceptible to liver hermangioma. People with small growths on their liver usually do not undergo treatment. However, if the mass is large, it may have to be surgically removed.