Which medical history findings help determine the etiology 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

Medical history can provide clues as to the possible etiology of the pain. The following are particularly important to elicit:

  • Diabetes

  • Cardiovascular disease (hypertension, coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, peripheral vascular disease)

  • Previous abdominal surgery

  • Smoking history

  • Alcohol use

  • NSAID use


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