Acute Abdomen Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is acute abdomen?

The "acute abdomen" is a term used to describe any condition within the abdomen that requires immediate potentially life-saving treatment. An acute abdomen can be caused by infection, internal bleeding, blockage of blood vessels within the abdomen, or an obstructive problem with the intestines.

Symptoms of acute abdomen

  • Abdominal pain

  • Stomachache followed by a fever

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Child refuses to eat

  • Lower left abdomen or tummy pain

  • Stomach pain or tummy ache in a specific place

  • Abdominal pain that occurs in regular intervals

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acute abdomen

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose acute abdomen

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Did you have stomach ache before the fever?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you feel severe pain when pressing on your abdomen (stomach)?

  • Does your child refuse to feed or has problems feeding?

Treatment for acute abdomen

Acute abdomen requires emergency medical treatment in the hospital. The goal is to try and diagnose the cause of the acute abdomen as fast as possible. Initial treatment is directed at the identified or suspected cause and can involve IV fluids, pain medications, antibiotics, and surgical treatment.

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