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The acute abdomen. An overview and algorithms.

Authors
  • Martin, R F
  • Rossi, R L
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Surgical clinics of North America
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1997
Volume
77
Issue
6
Pages
1227–1243
Identifiers
PMID: 9431337
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The diagnosis and management of the patient with an acute abdomen remains one of the most difficult challenges for the surgeon. A thorough understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the abdomen are essential to properly generate a differential diagnosis and to formulate a treatment plan. While recent advances in technology can be extremely helpful in certain situations, they cannot replace a physician's clinical judgment based upon a good history and physical examination. This article provides a general overview of the evaluation of the patient with an acute abdomen. It will also suggest algorithms to consider in the diagnosis and treatment of these patients.

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