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Pain near the rib cage after a fall. Bruised liver?

Took a fall and landed on ground with my right arm tucked against my right rib cage. after the initial pain subsided somewhat i kept working. As the day went on my right side became more sore to the touch and any torquing movement got more severe. If I lay on my left side and press on my right upper ribs there is little pain. If I lay on my right side and press on my upper ribs the pain is about an 8 on 1 to 10 scale, 10 being most severe. I m thinking I may have bruised my liver . Any thoughts?
Asked On : Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to HCM,thank you for your query.
I think this is just contusion of abdominal wall and ribs. much harder hit is necessary to cause liver injury so I dont think you should be concerned. Of course,be cautious and watch for any new signs. pain may persist for 7-14 days and just take painkillers and rest. If pain persists you should do rib xray and liver ultrasound.
Wish you good health. Regards.
Answered: Fri, 22 Nov 2013
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