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Archive » 2010 » 4 » | Archive » Medical field » Fields » Family Medicine » Archive » Medical field » Fields » Internal Medicine »

Management of Abdominal Pain in Family Practice

 
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Abdominal pain is a common presentation in outpatient settings and is challenging to diag­nose. As the physician of the first contact, the family physician should be able to recognize life-threatening conditions. This article describes the diagnostic procedures for elucidating abdominal pain in family practice. Since history of the actual disease and clinical examina­tion of the patient are the most important tools, special attention is devoted to them. Radiating pain has been observed as a diagnostic challenge, but laboratory tests and imaging techniques do improve the chances of defining the cause of the disease. Women and the elderly should warrant special attention when evaluating abdominal pain. Since the assessment of abdom­inal pain is of key importance in the outpatient setting, family physicians play an important role in recognizing this life-threatening condition.

Authors:
Kopčavar Guček Nena

Keywords:
family medicine, abdominal pain, life threatening conditions, radiating pain, acute abdomen

Cite as:
Med Razgl. 2010; 49: 461–9.

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