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Evaluation of acute abdominal pain

Saccomano, Scott J. PhD, GNP-BC, RN; Ferrara, Lucille R. EdD, RN, MBA, FNP-BC

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000433077.14775.f1
Feature: ABDOMINAL PAIN

Abstract: Abdominal pain is a common complaint encountered in primary care and in the ED. Varying levels of pain dictate the immediacy of the intervention. Time is vital when making the decision to initiate therapeutic interventions. A comprehensive assessment with physical exam and diagnostic studies is required.

Scott J. Saccomano is an assistant professor at Herbert H Lehman College, Department of Nursing, Bronx, NY. Lucille R. Ferrara is an assistant professor, Director Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Pace University, College of Health Professions Pleasantville, NY.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins