Abdominal pain in the ED: stability and change over 20 years.

  title={Abdominal pain in the ED: stability and change over 20 years.},
  author={RichardE. Powers and A T Guertler},
  journal={The American journal of emergency medicine},
  volume={13 3},
Abdominal pain (AP) is a common presenting complaint in emergency department (ED) patients. A 1972 study reported that unsupervised surgical residents in a university hospital ED were unable to make a specific diagnosis in 41% of 1,000 AP patients. In the intervening time, ED availability of diagnostic technology has increased, and the reference hospital acquired full-time emergency medicine (EM) faculty. To assess what changes occurred in the evaluation and epidemiology of AP, a similar study… CONTINUE READING


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