What is the focus of clinical history in the evaluation of abdominal pain in elderly persons?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: E David Bryan, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Answer

Key points in the history include the following:

  • Time of onset and course of the pain

  • Sudden or gradual onset

  • Location, quality, and severity of pain

  • Radiation (eg, to back, groin, shoulder)

  • Aggravating or precipitating factors (eg, food, position, medication)

  • Palliative factors

  • Prior similar episodes

  • Ability to pass stool or flatus


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