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Chronic Abdominal Wall Pain: Diagnosis and Interventional Treatment

Chapter

Abstract

Chronic abdominal wall pain is not uncommon and can be confused with visceral pain leading to inappropriate management. In this chapter, we will review the anatomy of the anterior abdominal wall, the differential diagnosis, as well as the management of various abdominal wall pain disorders.

To reach an appropriate diagnosis, it is crucial to obtain a detailed history and examination, and to know when to implement various diagnostic tests including—the now popular—transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block.

Post-inguinal herniorrhaphy pain and anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome will be discussed in details.

Keywords

Abdominal wall pain Post-inguinal herniorrhaphy pain Differential epidural block Ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerve blocks Transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block Ultrasound-guided nerve block 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Pain MedicineWestern Reserve HospitalCuyahoga FallsUSA

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