Abdominal Pain

A1.   Abdominal Pain (acute and chronic)

A1.1    Given a patient presenting with abdominal pain, perform a patient-centered interview and focused physical exam, list and interpret clinical findings. Then,

  1. Identify signs and symptoms of a surgical abdomen.
  2. Identify red flags of potential serious causes including referred pain from chest
  3. Identify psychosocial factors associated with chronic and recurrent abdominal pain.
  4. Propose a relevant differential diagnosis that includes common causes of abdominal pain and less common but important causes of abdominal pain.

A1.2    For patients with acute abdominal pain, propose an initial management plan that includes appropriate and timely referral/investigation for potentially serious causes.

A1.3    For patients with chronic/recurrent abdominal pain, propose a management plan that highlights initial investigations and basic management.


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