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Abdominal Pain: Part 2

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 4 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 3594 reviews

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.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Abdominal Pain And Anatomical Location
    1. Referred Pain
      1. Back pain
      2. Shoulder pain
      3. Chest pain
      4. Groin pain
  3. Abdominal Pain Assessment
    1. Medical History
    2. Family History
    3. Pain-Specific Questions
      1. Acute versus chronic pain
      2. Location of pain
      3. Intensity of pain
      4. Duration of pain
      5. Factors that relieve pain
      6. Other pain signs and symptoms
    4. Physical Assessment
  4. The Abdominal Assessment
    1. Inspection
      1. Movement
      2. Scars
      3. Bulges
    2. Auscultation
      1. Bowel sounds
      2. Bruits
    3. Percussion
    4. Palpation
      1. Murphy’s sign
      2. Rebound tenderness
      3. Rovsing’s sign
      4. Obturator sign
      5. Costovertebral angle tenderness
  5. Summary


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