Abdominal pain physical examination
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When a physician assesses a patient to determine the etiology and subsequent treatment for abdominal pain, the patient's history of the presenting complaint and their physical examination should derive a diagnosis in over 90% of cases. It is important also for a physician to remember that abdominal pain can be caused by problems outside the abdomen, especially heart attacks and pneumonias which can occasionally present as abdominal pain.
Appearance of the Patient
- Bowel sounds
- Palpitation for masses and organomegaly
- Rebound tenderness
In cases of ischemic acute abdomen, bowel sounds will be absent.