Abdominal Pain in the Geriatric Patient

Phillip Magidson, Joseph P. Martinez

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Abstract

With an aging population, emergency department clinicians can expect an increase in geriatric patients presenting with abdominal pain. Compared with younger patients, this patient population is less likely to present with classic symptoms, physical examination findings, and laboratory values of abdominal disease. However, the morbidity and mortality associated with elderly patients presenting with abdominal pathologic conditions are significant. For this reason, the clinician must be familiar with some subtle and not so subtle differences when caring for the geriatric patient with abdominal pain to ensure timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-574
Number of pages16
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Abdominal pain
  • Elderly
  • Emergency
  • Geriatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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