Abdominal Pain - Differential Diagnosis According to Localization of Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain can originate from intra-abdominal and extra-abdominal or non-GI conditions; hence, it’s advisable to be systematic in your approach to narrow down your differential diagnoses. (i.e., Cardiac, GI, infectious, hematologic, urologic, gynecologic, etc.) When diagnosing abdominal pain, the differential diagnoses can be based on anatomic localization of pain (Figure 3). This, in turn, helps direct your approach. An EP should prioritize possible life-threatening conditions in his differential diagnoses, and be mindful of other possible extra-abdominal causes attributable to abdominal pain (Table 2). Keep in mind that the following list of differentials is not exhaustive and should be correlated with the localization of abdominal pain (Figure 3).
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