Abdominal Pain

  • Propose a relevant differential diagnosis for a patient presenting with abdominal pain, based on the history and physical exam findings
  • For patients with acute abdominal pain, propose an initial management plan that includes appropriate and timely referral/investigation for potentially serious causes.
  • For patients with chronic/recurrent abdominal pain, propose a management plan that highlights initial investigations and basic management

Core Resources

Abdominal Pain One-Page Primer

Lam E, Maxted JM. Abdominal Pain One-Page Primer.  DFCM Open.  2013.  Available at: https://dfcmopen.com.  Attribution-NoDerivs CC BY-ND

Evaluation of Acute Abdominal Pain in Adults

Cartwright SL, Knudson MP. Evaluation of Acute Abdominal Pain in Adults. Am Fam Physician. 2008;77(7):971-978.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome One-Page Primer

Cheung L, Nicolle E. Irritable Bowel Syndrome One-Page Primer.  DFCM Open.  2014.  Available at: https://dfcmopen.com.  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND

Supplemental Resources

Acute GI-related Abdominal Pain

The Calgary Guide to Understanding Disease. Acute GI-Related Abdominal Pain: Pathogenesis and Characteristics. Published Aug 7, 2012. Available at: http://calgaryguide.ucalgary.ca/

The Diagnosis and Management of IBS in Adults

Wilkins T, Pepitone C, Alex B, Schade RR. Diagnosis and management of IBS in adults. Am Fam Physician. 2012;86(5):419-426. doi: d10520 [pii]