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Acute abdominal pain 

Acute abdominal pain
Acute abdominal pain

Daniel Marks

and Marcus Harbord

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date: 11 December 2019

Differential diagnosis

Peptic ulceration

Gallstone disease

Acute pancreatitis


Retroperitoneal haemorrhage

Retroperitoneal fibrosis

Bowel ischaemia and infarction


Bowel obstruction

Severe constipation

When to call the surgeon

Table 9.1 shows the main differential diagnoses of acute abdominal pain, according to site of presentation. Overlap between sites is common. Generalized abdominal pain may be caused by peritonitis or medical disorders. Ensure a pregnancy test is performed in all women of childbearing potential....

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