The “Acute Abdomen”
|CAUSES OF ACUTE ABDOMEN|
An acute abdominal condition should be described as acute abdomen when a patient complains of abdominal pain that persists for more than a few hours and is associated with tenderness or other evidence of an inflammatory reaction or a visceral dysfunction. The diagnosis of the cause of acute abdominal conditions remains one of the most challenging problems in medicine. Many pathologic processes, both intraabdominal and extra-abdominal, may result in an acute abdomen. An accurate history, thorough physical examination, and proper laboratory examinations help to make the broad differential diagnosis of causes.