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The acute abdomen 

The acute abdomen

Chapter:
The acute abdomen
Author(s):

Chris Watson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.150401_update_001

February 27, 2014: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

Update:

Chapter reviewed and minor corrections made (June 2012).

Updated on 28 Nov 2012. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 28 June 2017

The term ‘acute abdomen’ is commonly used to describe abdominal pain of recent onset requiring urgent surgical assessment. Most cases of acute abdominal pain present in the community and are managed by family practitioners, with only a few presenting to a hospital. Those cases that do present to hospital are usually referred to the general surgeons. In a third of cases, no specific diagnosis is made, although many will subsequently re-present with identifiable pathology....

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