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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2011 May;29(2):429-48, x. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2011.01.012.

Acute abdominal pain in the older adult.

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Division of Emergency Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA. Luna.ragsdale@duke.edu

Abstract

Abdominal pain in older adults is a concerning symptom common to a variety of diagnoses with high morbidity and mortality. Organizing the differential into categories based on pathology (inflammatory, obstructive, vascular, or other causes) provides a framework for the history, physical, and diagnostic studies. An organized approach and treatment and considerations specific to the geriatric population are discussed.

PMID:
21515186
DOI:
10.1016/j.emc.2011.01.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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