Acute Abdomen

Chapter

Abstract

Abdominal pain is a common complaint for geriatric patients presenting for emergency care. Older patients with acute abdominal pain tend to have a higher burden of intra-abdominal disease that is more difficult to diagnose, more frequently requires intervention, and results in worse outcomes than in younger patients. A complete history, careful physical exam, and judicious use of abdominal imaging are mandatory to improve diagnostic accuracy and optimize outcomes.

Keywords

Lipase Pneumonia Dementia Pancreatitis Anemia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryStanford Hospital and ClinicStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryStanford University Medical CenterStanfordUSA

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