Abdominal Pain in the Geriatric Patient.

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Abdominal Pain in the Geriatric Patient.

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2016 Aug;34(3):559-574

Authors: Magidson PD, Martinez JP

With an aging population, emergency department clinicians can expect an increase in geriatric patients presenting with abdominal pain. Compared with younger patients, this patient population is less likely to present with classic symptoms, physical examination findings, and laboratory values of abdominal disease. However, the morbidity and mortality associated with elderly patients presenting with abdominal pathologic conditions are significant. For this reason, the clinician must be familiar with some subtle and not so subtle differences when caring for the geriatric patient with abdominal pain to ensure timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

PMID: 27475015 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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