Acute Abdomen



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.


Acute Appendicitis Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Acute Cholecystitis Acute Abdominal Pain Abdominal Radiograph 
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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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