Author | Jim Melton, MD


Elderly Man With Sudden Back and Abdominal Pain

December 31, 2006

An 84-year-old man with back and abdominal pain ofrecent onset arrives at the emergency department(ED) of a small community hospital at 5 AM. Sudden,severe back pain awakened him from sleep 2 hours earlier.The patient has had back pain for 12 hours and intermittentcolicky pain in the suprapubic region for the past2 hours.