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A 47 year old woman with acute abdominal pain

Author(s):

Shawn Lee
MBBS VI
University of Adelaide

Dr Chanh Huynh
Emergency Physician (Consultant)
Royal Adelaide Hospital

Overview:

Abdominal pain is a common presentation in the Emergency Department. It is essential to appreciate the different causes of abdominal pain and have a structured approach towards the diagnosis and management of abdominal pain. It is important to appreciate life-threatening causes of abdominal pain such as mesenteric ischaemia, bowel obstruction, ectopic pregnancy and exclude them.


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