Carolyn J. Sachs, MD, MPH

570 VILLAGE CENTER DR STE 201

Articles

Abdominal Pain:

November 01, 2005

As many as half of patients who are evaluated for abdominal pain do not receive a precise diagnosis. And for about half of those who are given a diagnosis, the diagnosis is wrong. In this article, I will use actual cases (not "textbook" examples) to illustrate an approach to abdominal pain that begins with a careful differential diagnosis. I also offer some general guidelines for evaluating patients.