Q. I have a twitching on the right side near the diaphragm. What can it be?

Answered by
Dr. Prathap
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Mar 29, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 19, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have a trembling or twitching on my side near the diaphragm, roughly around the sixth and seventh rib. It feels like a bubbling sensation, and I can feel it when I hold my fingers to the side. 

Dr. Prathap

General Medicine Internal Medicine


Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • By your description, this appears like a pulsatile mass, because you can feel it with your fingers on the side.
  • It may be in the diaphragm or the lower part of the lung or the liver if it is on right side. But the incidence of such a mass at your age is very rare.
  • If you had sustained any trauma in the past, then there is a possibility of some diaphragm injury which can lead to such a complaint.
  • It can be a diaphragm eventration, but again it is not so common in your age.
  • So, to find the exact reason, you need to have some tests done.
  1. Chest x-ray.
  2. Ultrasound of chest and abdomen.
  3. Fluoroscopy to know the function of diaphragm.

Revert with more information to an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

Hello doctor,

Thank you for replying. It is on my right side, and only the trembling or bubbly feeling can be felt. There is no mass or lump felt there. I think that it is not a serious issue, but I was wondering what could cause this?

Dr. Prathap

General Medicine Internal Medicine


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Occasional trembling might not be a major issue. It might be muscle twitches, which is occasionally seen in normal individuals also.
  • I suggest you get an ultrasound of the abdomen and chest so that it will clear all doubts.

For more information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

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