Abdominal pain

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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