39. Acute, Nonspecific, Nontraumatic Abdominal Pain

  1. Jesse M. Pines1,2,
  2. Christopher R. Carpenter3,4,
  3. Ali S. Raja5 and
  4. Jeremiah D. Schuur5

Published Online: 8 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118482117.ch39

Evidence-Based Emergency Care: Diagnostic Testing and Clinical Decision Rules, Second Edition

Evidence-Based Emergency Care: Diagnostic Testing and Clinical Decision Rules, Second Edition

How to Cite

Pines, J. M., Carpenter, C. R., Raja, A. S. and Schuur, J. D. (2012) Acute, Nonspecific, Nontraumatic Abdominal Pain, in Evidence-Based Emergency Care: Diagnostic Testing and Clinical Decision Rules, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118482117.ch39

Author Information

  1. 1

    Center for Healthcare Quality, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

  2. 2

    Emergency Medicine and Health Policy, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

  3. 3

    Evidence Based Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA

  4. 4

    Division of Emergency Medicine, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA

  5. 5

    Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 NOV 2012
  2. Published Print: 7 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470657836

Online ISBN: 9781118482117

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Keywords:

  • surgical and abdominal complaints;
  • acute, nonspecific, nontraumatic abdominal pain;
  • acute abdominal pain, presenting complaints in EDs;
  • laboratory tests, for ED patients with acute nontraumatic abdominal pain;
  • radiographic imaging modalities in EDs, plain abdominal radiography/CT;
  • diagnostic imaging, CT in acute abdominal pain for diagnostic accuracy;
  • older adults with abdominal pain, at high risk for adverse events;
  • ED use of CT, increased diagnostic certainty, reducing unnecessary surgery;
  • algorithm for diagnostic imaging in acute nontraumatic abdominal pain, and test availability;
  • defining subsets of abdominal pain, for safe evaluation without a CT

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Background

  • Clinical question

  • Comment

  • References