[Abdominal pain - differential diagnoses and diagnostic strategies in patients with chronic symptoms]

Güller, Ulrich; Macpherson, Andrew J (2011). [Abdominal pain - differential diagnoses and diagnostic strategies in patients with chronic symptoms]. Therapeutische Umschau, 68(8), pp. 459-62. Bern: Huber 10.1024/0040-5930/a000194

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Abdominal pain is a very common complaint in a primary care consultation. The causes of abdominal pain are extremely diverse and range from conditions that require urgent surgical remedy to those without serious underlying pathology where the problem either settles spontaneously, or becomes chronic without any abnormalities on laboratory or clinical workup. While tests are helpful in confirming diagnoses, clinical judgement based on a careful history and physical examination remains extremely important in choosing from the extremely wide differential diagnoses and in the management of the condition. In this article, we will deal with chronically recurrent intermittent abdominal pain. Our aim is especially to provide guidance on the possibility that abdominal pain is a symptom of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or an identifiable functional condition and when the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome should be made.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Visceral Surgery and Medicine > Gastroenterology

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Macpherson, Andrew








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04 Oct 2013 14:22

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06 Dec 2013 13:28

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/7754 (FactScience: 213080)

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