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The Acute Abdomen - an Introduction

Author(s):

Peter Devitt
Consultant Surgeon
and
Chair, MCQ Panel of Examiners
Australian Medical Council

Overview:

The term 'Acute Abdomen' is frequently used to describe the dynamic of a patient who has presented with acute abdominal pain and where prompt assessment is required to determine subsequent management. This assessment may be entirely based on clinical acumen, but various investigations - particularly imaging - may play an integral in management.


This vignette looks at the key components of the clinical assessment.


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