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Acute abdominal pain

R. Mark Beattie, Anil Dhawan and John W.L. Puntis

in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

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Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780198569862
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725968 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198569862.003.0036

Series: Oxford Specialist Handbooks

Acute abdominal pain

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Introduction 252

Appendicitis 253

Intussusception 253

Miscellaneous conditions 254

The commonest surgical diagnosis in children who present to hospital with acute abdominal pain is appendicitis. The differential diagnosis is wide, however (see box below), and in >50% of admissions no specific cause is found....

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Subjects: Gastroenterology ; Paediatrics

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