Analgesia in patients with acute abdominal pain.

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Analgesia in patients with acute abdominal pain.

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011;1:CD005660

Authors: Manterola C, Vial M, Moraga J, Astudillo P

For decades, the indication of analgesia in patients with Acute Abdominal Pain (AAP) has been deferred until the definitive diagnosis has been made, for fear of masking symptoms, generating a change in the physical exploration or obstructing the diagnosis of a disease requiring surgical treatment. This strategy has been questioned by some studies that have shown that the use of analgesia in the initial evaluation of patients with AAP leads to a significant reduction in pain without affecting diagnostic accuracy.

PMID: 21249672 [PubMed - in process]

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