Pain in the right side of the abdomen is one of the most frequent phenomena encountered by the clinician in the routine examination of patients. This is due in a large measure to the fact that there are several organs located in the right side of the abdomen which seem especially liable to disease. These are the gallbladder, head of the pancreas, right kidney, appendix and right ovary.
Much of the pain encountered in the right side of the abdomen is due to organic disease of one of these organs. As knowledge of these diseases has developed in the past, these organs alternately from time to time have been held responsible for most of the pain encountered in the right side of the abdomen. Two points of view have been held. One is that practically all the real pain in the right side of the abdomen has been due to
COFFEY RC. THE RELATION OF RIGHT-SIDED ABDOMINAL PAIN TO RIGHTSIDED DISEASE. JAMA. 1923;81(11):900–904. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650110030009
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