Acute abdominal pain is a common complaint in childhood and it can be caused by a wide range of underlying surgical and non surgical conditions the most common non surgical condition is gastroenteritis while the most common surgical condition is appendicitis abdominal pain in children varies . The term acute abdomen represents a rapid onset of severe symptoms that may indicate life threatening intra abdominal pathology pain is usually a feature but is not always the case a pain free acute abdomen is more likely in the elderly in children and in the third trimester of pregnancy. The key consideration in acute abdominal pain is the differentiation between surgical and non surgical causes non specific abdominal pain is very common but is a diagnosis of exclusion once red flags are considered see additional notes below for more details symptoms in neonates may be attributed by parents as abdominal pain. Acute abdominal pain in children 1081 2 the objective of this study was to determine clinical outcomes of children admitted with acute abdominal pain and value of symptoms and signs in making a definite diagnosis methodology this study was conducted during august 2010 to august 2012 in department of paediatric surgery shaikh zayed hospital . Urgent message this article will guide you through the differential diagnosis management and disposition of pediatric patients presenting with acute abdominal pain kayleene e pagn correa md faap introduction my tummy hurts that is a simple statement that shows a common complaint from children who seek care in an urgent care or emergency department 1 but the diagnosis in such
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