Abdominal discomfort or pain is extremely common and accounts for almost 50% of attendances to a GP or to A&E. It can present with varying severity, from mild to extremely severe.
There are a large number of causes for abdominal pain, many of which are not directly related to the gastrointestinal system.
- Acute abdominal pain is often severe and needs immediate medical attention to exclude urgent problems.
- Chronic abdominal pain should be taken seriously and needs investigation if any other concerning symptoms are present such as:
- Weight loss
- Bleeding or anaemia
- Change in bowel habit
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
Usually investigations will involve blood tests, an ultrasound or CT scan of the abdomen and may require an endoscopy (OGD) or colonoscopy.
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