Approach to abdominal pain

Jonathan Z. Potack

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Abdominal pain is one of the most common presenting symptoms in the outpatient and emergency department settings. Acute abdominal pain is often caused by conditions that require surgical intervention and can be life-threatening if diagnosis is delayed. The key is to identify patients requiring surgery in a rapid manner. Chronic abdominal pain has a broad differential and frequently is due to functional causes but can be due to organic disease. A careful history, physical examination, and judicious use of diagnostic testing is crucial for obtaining the proper diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGastroenterology
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781118932759
ISBN (Print)9781118519967
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Acute abdomen
  • Appendicitis
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome


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