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Acute abdominal pain 

Acute abdominal pain
Acute abdominal pain

R. Mark Beattie

, Anil Dhawan

, and John W.L. Puntis

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date: 11 December 2019

Introduction 252

Appendicitis 253

Intussusception 253

Miscellaneous conditions 254

The commonest surgical diagnosis in children who present to hospital with acute abdominal pain is appendicitis. The differential diagnosis is wide, however (see box below), and in >50% of admissions no specific cause is found....

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