Abdominal pain

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Abstract

Abdominal pain is a common problem in the geriatric population. Assessment is challenging in this age group because of the difficulty in obtaining a satisfactory history due to the presence of comorbid processes including impaired cognition, delirium, physical or other disabilities. It is generally more likely that the older patient with abdominal pain may have a serious underlying disorder. Older patients presenting to the ED with abdominal pain have a greater likelihood of requiring hospitalization and perhaps surgery. The importance of rapid assessment, use of appropriate tests, and early surgical consultation where indicated could be instrumental in improving outcomes. A focused physical examination is important. A combination of approaches in pain management based on current guidelines helps address pain. The geriatric patient has unique differing pharmacokinetics and dynamics with regard to use of medications, including analgesics and is prone to adverse drug effects. A multidisciplinary approach may be needed to tackle abdominal pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeriatric Gastroenterology
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages323-328
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781441916235, 9781441916228
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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Abdominal Pain
Geriatrics
Delirium
Pain Management
Cognition
Physical Examination
Analgesics
Hospitalization
Referral and Consultation
Pharmacokinetics
Age Groups
History
Guidelines
Pain
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Population

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Pitchumoni, C. S., & Dharmarajan, T. S. (2012). Abdominal pain. In Geriatric Gastroenterology (pp. 323-328). Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1623-5_32

Abdominal pain. / Pitchumoni, C. S.; Dharmarajan, Thiruvinvamalai S.

Geriatric Gastroenterology. Springer New York, 2012. p. 323-328.

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Pitchumoni, CS & Dharmarajan, TS 2012, Abdominal pain. in Geriatric Gastroenterology. Springer New York, pp. 323-328. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1623-5_32
Pitchumoni CS, Dharmarajan TS. Abdominal pain. In Geriatric Gastroenterology. Springer New York. 2012. p. 323-328 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1623-5_32
Pitchumoni, C. S. ; Dharmarajan, Thiruvinvamalai S. / Abdominal pain. Geriatric Gastroenterology. Springer New York, 2012. pp. 323-328
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