European Radiology

, Volume 20, Issue 6, pp 1414–1423 | Cite as

Thoracic causes of acute abdominal pain

  • Adriaan C. van Breda Vriesman
  • Robin H. M. Smithuis
  • Julien B. C. M. Puylaert
Gastrointestinal

Abstract

The origin of abdominal pain may be extra-abdominal, caused by a thoracic illness. This article illustrates the various thoracic disorders that may present with acute abdominal pain. An erroneous focus on the abdomen alone can easily lead to misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment. In cases of unexplained acute abdominal pain, radiologists should be aware of also viewing beyond the borders of the abdomen. The key to most of these thoracic diagnoses is detection of pulmonary consolidation, pleural fluid or pericardial fluid.

Keywords

Ultrasound Computed tomography Acute abdomen Thorax Pulmonary embolism Pneumonia 

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© European Society of Radiology 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Adriaan C. van Breda Vriesman
    • 1
  • Robin H. M. Smithuis
    • 1
  • Julien B. C. M. Puylaert
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyRijnland HospitalLeiderdorpThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyMCH Westeinde HospitalThe HagueThe Netherlands

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