, Volume 160, Issue 11, pp 344-346

Non-Specific abdominal pain in pre-menopausal women

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Non-specific abdominal pain (NSAP) is a well-recognized clinical problem which places a significant burden on health resources. We studied 100 premenopausal women who were admitted consecutively through the Accident and Emergency Department of the Mater Misericordiae Hospital to assess final diagnosis, duration of hospital stay, extent of investigation, recurrence of symptoms and final diagnosis. The patients were placed in the following diagnostic categories: Gynaecological (30%), Renal (9%), Acute appendicitis (23%), Miscellaneous (9%) and Non-specific abdominal pain which accounted for 29% of the admissions. The mean duration of hospital stay for patients with NSAP was 67 days, one third underwent specialized investigations and one third underwent appendicectomies for normal appendices. On review, one year after admission, 66% of patients admitted with NSAP were asymptomatic.