Acute Abdominal Pain in the Elderly

  • Nages Nagaratnam
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
  • Gary Cheuk
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Abdominal pain can be due to many causes, and the underlying pathology could be due to an infection, mechanical obstruction, biliary disease, malignancy and gastrointestinal ischaemia. The prevalence of acute abdominal pain increases with advancing age. Among the elderly presenting to the emergency department, approximately 50% were hospitalized and 30–40% eventually had surgery. This review provides an overview of acute abdominal pain in the elderly, prevalence, causes and management.


Acute abdominal pain Infection Mechanical obstruction Biliary disease Malignancy Gastrointestinal ischaemia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nages Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Gary Cheuk
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of SydneyWestmead Clinical SchoolWestmeadAustralia
  2. 2.Rehabilitation and Aged Care ServiceBlacktown-Mt Druitt HospitalMount DruittAustralia

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