Acute Abdomen

  • Peritonitis: pain patterns and physical exam: sudden vs. gradual onset, localized vs. referred, steady vs. crampy
  • Differential diagnosis: RUQ, RLQ, LLQ, LUQ - a question of anatomy
  • Etiology, work-up & intervention for:
    • Perforated viscus
    • Appendicitis - What if the appendix is normal?
    • Infarcted bowel
  • Non-surgical causes of acute abdominal pain

The following topics will NOT be discussed, therefore outside reading is recommended:

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • GI hemorrhage
  • Liver/biliary source of acute abdomen
  • Mesenteric ischemia
  • Pancreatitis

Lecture Notes

Acute Abdomen ppt (Wright)

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