- 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
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