How is abdominal pain characterized in bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Abdominal pain is a common symptom in gastroenteritis. Nonspecific, nonfocal abdominal pain and cramping are common with some organisms. This pain usually does not increase with palpation. Focal abdominal pain worsened by palpation, rebound tenderness, or guarding should alert the clinician to possible complications or to another noninfectious gastrointestinal diagnosis.


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