Blunt Abdominal Injury (Benign)

You have had a blow to your abdomen. Based on your visit today, your condition does not seem serious. However, the signs of an internal injury may take more time to appear. So be alert for any new symptoms or worsening of your condition. If these occur, call your healthcare provider or go to the emergency department after hours.

Home care

  • Rest until you are feeling better.

  • You may develop a bruise at the site of your injury.

  • Eat foods that are low in fiber (called a low-residue diet). Allowed foods include white bread, white rice, and fruit and vegetable juices without pulp. These foods will pass more easily through the intestine. Until you have no symptoms and feel back to normal, avoid whole-grain foods, whole fruits and vegetables, meats, seeds and nuts. Also avoid fried or fatty foods, dairy, alcohol and spicy foods.

  • Use over-the-counter pain medicine to control pain, if needed, unless another pain medicine was prescribed. If you have liver or kidney disease, ask your doctor before using these medicines.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as directed.

When to seek medical advice

Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:

  • Pain doesn't start to improve within 24 hours, or worsens

  • Swelling in your abdomen increases

  • Vomiting develops and continues

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider

  • Chills

  • Blood appears in urine (pink to dark red)

Call 911

Call 911 if you have:

  • Blood in vomit or bowel movements (dark red or black color)

  • Weakness, dizziness, or fainting

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