Abdominal Pain Diagnosis
|Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm|
| Menstrual Pain|
Mini Heart Attack / Angina Miscarriage
Muscle Strain or Bruise
Non-specific Abdominal Pain
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
This list is by no means exhaustive. It represents just the more common causes of abdominal pain.
It could be difficult, but with a systematic approach, this could be achieved.
We will divide the steps of diagnosis of abdominal pain along the above lines into the stages of History Taking, Physical Examination and Investigations.
At first contact, many patients expect their doctor to be able to tell exactly what is wrong. No. Your doctor can only come to an accurate diagnosis if you are able to describe in detail, how you have been experiencing. This is the fist of the three steps described here.You should be prepared to describe the pain in terms of the following:
Abdominal pain diagnosis often requires that the doctor carries out what is referred to as a physical examination. It involves taking a trained look at the patient, performing some manoeuvre and then listening with the stethoscope.
It is often very important to carry out an examination of the rectum (back passage or anus) in many instances of abdominal pain in men and women.
Taking about women, a vaginal examination may be necessary, especially in cases of miscarriage or pelvic inflammatory disease.
In most cases of abdominal pain, it may be necessary to carry out some blood and urine test, stool examination, endocscopy, biopsy, radiography and other scans to help come to an accurate abdominal pain diagnosis.