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

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Dr. Prathap
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This is a premium question & answer 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
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Hi,

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


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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
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Hi,

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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