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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. mhendrickson@sbcglobal.net

Abstract

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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14708814
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