How is pain characterized in gastroenteritis?

Updated: Feb 10, 2017
  • Author: Arthur Diskin, MD; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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The location and character of pain may be indicative of the area of infection because colonic involvement is usually associated with tenesmus and pain in either of the lower quadrants or the lower back, whereas jejunoileal infection may result in periumbilical pain.

Cramps may be caused by an electrolyte imbalance.

Pain, especially in patients older than 50 years, should raise the suspicion of an ischemic process.


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