Posted: February 3rd, 2024
You studied the gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems in your readings last week.
This week, you completed a focused assessment of Brian Foster, a patient who was assessed for chest pain, adding an abdomen pain assessment.
As you know, abdominal pain can be a challenging patient complaint because it is frequently benign, but it can also herald acute severe pathology. The history and physical examination are critical to narrowing the differential diagnosis of abdominal pain and guiding the evaluation. Acute abdominal pain frequently requires urgent investigation and management.
Many patients will require analgesics, which can be administered judiciously without compromising the physical assessment of peritoneal signs.
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