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Abdominal Pain

Sensation of discomfort, distress, or agony in the abdominal region.

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Major Trauma: Assessment and Initial Management

This guideline provides guidance on the assessment and management of major trauma, including resuscitation following major blood loss associated with trauma. For the purposes of this guideline, major trauma is defined as an injury or a combination of injuries that are life-threatening and could be life changing because it may result in long-term disability. This guideline covers both the pre-hospital and immediate hospital care of major trauma patients but does not include any management after definitive lifesaving intervention. It has been developed for health practitioners and professionals, patients and carers and commissioners of health services.

The use of analgesia for acute abdominal pain (AAP) does not mask clinical findings, nor does it delay diagnosis.

The use of analgesia for AAP does not mask clinical findings nor does it delay diagnosis.

Drug treatment of recurrent abdominal pain in children

Recurrent abdominal pain in childhood is a term used to describe unexplained episodes of tummy pain for which no cause can be found. The pain is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as diarrhoea or facial pallor. Some researchers have therefore classified different syndromes of unexplained pain according to these other associated symptoms. Recurrent abdominal pain is common in children. It is likely that the underlying cause or trigger differs among children.

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The use of analgesia for acute abdominal pain (AAP) does not mask clinical findings, nor does it delay diagnosis.

The use of analgesia for AAP does not mask clinical findings nor does it delay diagnosis.

Drug treatment of recurrent abdominal pain in children

Recurrent abdominal pain in childhood is a term used to describe unexplained episodes of tummy pain for which no cause can be found. The pain is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as diarrhoea or facial pallor. Some researchers have therefore classified different syndromes of unexplained pain according to these other associated symptoms. Recurrent abdominal pain is common in children. It is likely that the underlying cause or trigger differs among children.

Managing acute lower abdominal pain in women of childbearing age

Review question: Cochrane authors reviewed available evidence on the use of laparoscopy to manage acute lower abdominal pain, non‐specific lower abdominal pain or suspected appendicitis in women of childbearing age. We found 12 studies.

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See Also: Abdominal Ultrasound

Other terms to know:
Abdomen, Diagnostic Ultrasound (Ultrasonography)

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