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Most people associate pain in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen with appendicitis, though several conditions can cause this symptom. The nature of the pain — whether it is sharp and shooting or a mild ache — can help patient and doctor identify the cause. Some of the possible causes can become severe and endanger health, so it is important to see a doctor when pain in the abdomen does not pass quickly.

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1. Appendicitis

Appendicitis is a common cause of right-side abdominal pain and is usually treated as a medical emergency. The appendix is a small, finger-shaped pouch that protrudes from the colon in the lower right of the abdomen. The condition develops when bacterial growth in this organ causes inflammation. Generally, pain starts in the middle of the abdomen and radiates to the lower-right side, and becomes sharp and constant. Common symptoms associated with the condition include loss of appetite, belly buttons pain, diarrhea, nausea, constipation, and fever. In most cases, the symptoms of appendicitis are intense enough that people seek medical attention and doctors remove the appendix before it bursts. A burst appendix is extremely dangerous.

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