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Acute Abdominal Pain: A Diagnostic Challenge

Bartley, Marilynn K. RN, FNP,C, MSN

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000313001.23704.91

In the United States in 2002, abdominal pain accounted for 6.5% of all patient visits to the emergency department. A thorough history and physical examination, together with the use of laboratory and imaging studies, remains the best method of evaluation to date.

Marilynn K. Bartley is a Trauma Advanced Practice Nurse, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Del.

This article adapted from: Bartley MK. Acute abdominal pain: A diagnostic challenge. Nursing2007 Critical Care. 2007;2(6):38–45.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.