Acute abdominal pain

Daniel Marks and Marcus Harbord

in Emergencies in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print July 2013 | ISBN: 9780199231362
Published online October 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742415 | DOI:

Series: Emergencies in...

Acute abdominal pain

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Differential diagnosis

Peptic ulceration

Gallstone disease

Acute pancreatitis


Retroperitoneal haemorrhage

Retroperitoneal fibrosis

Bowel ischaemia and infarction


Bowel obstruction

Severe constipation

When to call the surgeon

Table 9.1 shows the main differential diagnoses of acute abdominal pain, according to site of presentation. Overlap between sites is common. Generalized abdominal pain may be caused by peritonitis or medical disorders. Ensure a pregnancy test is performed in all women of childbearing potential....

Chapter.  9693 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gastroenterology ; Pain Medicine

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