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Abdominal Pain: Part 3

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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Duration: 5 hours

Course Summary

Abdominal pain is one of the most common complaints that patients make to medical professionals, and it has a wide array of causes, ranging from very simple to complex. Although many cases of abdominal pain turn out to be minor constipation or gastroenteritis, there are more serious causes that need to be ruled out. An accurate patient medical history, family medical history, laboratory work and imaging are important to make an accurate diagnosis. Initial assessment and diagnostic testing will provide an early indication of cause and the possible treatment options, which are discussed.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Abdominal Pain And Diagnostic Testing
    1. Laboratory Testing
      1. Complete blood count
      2. Complete metabolic profile
      3. Stool sample
      4. Urinalysis
      5. Pregnancy test
      6. Helicobacter pylori test
      7. Amylase and lipase levels
      8. Lactate level
      9. Sexually transmitted disease test
    2. Radiographic Imaging
      1. Computed tomography scan
      2. Ultrasound
      3. Abdominal x-ray
  3. Pain Management
    1. Positioning
    2. Touch Therapy
      1. Back rub
    3. Heat Therapy
  4. Health Management
    1. Fluid and Electrolyte Balance
    2. Emotional Support
  5. Summary

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