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A thorough history will help to identify the cause of abdominal pain, says Dr Pipin Singh.
- Sudden onset
- Physiological shock
- Acute/obstructed abdomen
- History of aortic aneurysm
- Shortness of breath and vomiting
Abdominal pain is a common presenting problem in primary care. Many potentially life-threatening diagnoses present with acute abdominal pain.
However, a focused history and examination should lead to a diagnosis and appropriate management.
Begin by locating the pain and ask the patient how and when it began and what they were doing at the time. Ask about …