Surgical Abdomen

  • Georges L. Kaiser


“Surgical abdomen” is a clinical term that has been developed by surgeons but is described differently. According to Siewert, the term means a preliminary description of a clinical condition that is dictated by shortness of time and concerns at first a not exactly definable, painful, and imminent abdominal disorder up to the final diagnosis, and for which the indication of a surgical intervention seems urgent.

The following remarks are important to the referring physicians for psychological reasons and consider the distinctive features of surgical abdomen in children. In this age group, the examiner has to rely often on the history of the parent rather than on the child itself, and nearly exclusively on the clinical presentation.


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Section 14.1: Thermometry, Abdominal Manifestations in Cystic Fibrosis

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Section 14.2.1: Clinical Presentation and Work-Ups

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Section 14.2.1: Treatment

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Section 14.2.1: Pathology

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Section 14.2.1: Differential Diagnosis

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Section 14.2.3

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Section 14.2.6

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Section 14.2.6: Differential Diagnosis

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Section 14.2.7

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georges L. Kaiser
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  1. 1.Department of Pediatric Surgery InselspitalUniversity of BerneBerneSwitzerland

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