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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2003 Nov;21(4):937-69.

Abdominal surgical emergencies in the elderly.

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Harry and Ruth Roman Department of Emergency Medicine, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, 2362 Outpost Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA.


The evaluation of abdominal pain can be considerably more challenging in elderly patients. A higher likelihood of life-threatening pathology combined with a myriad of diagnostic pitfalls in this population mandate a more cautious approach with greater use of diagnostic resources and specialist consultation.

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