Pediatric Abdominal Masses

Pediatric Abdominal Masses



An abdominal mass is an abnormal growth located in part of your child’s abdomen.

Expanded overview

An abdominal mass is an abnormal growth in the stomach, intestines or other area of your child’s abdomen. An abdominal mass may be located in one of four areas of the abdomen, including:

  • Left-upper quadrant
  • Left-lower quadrant
  • Right-upper quadrant
  • Right-lower quadrant

Not all abdominal masses are cancerous tumors. In some cases, an abdominal mass is benign (noncancerous), however, it can still cause problems.


There are multiple causes of abdominal masses in children, including:


Abdominal masses can cause symptoms that include:

In some cases, a child has no symptoms of an abdominal mass other than the fact that the mass can be felt when touching the abdomen.

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