Acute or chronic abdominal pain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'critical'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose acute or chronic abdominal pain, we could:
|Pelvic Inflammatory Disease||30%||Unlikely|
|Crohn's Disease||1%||Ruled out|
|Heart Disease||1%||Ruled out|
|Ulcerative Colitis||0%||Ruled out|
If you are experiencing episodes of abdominal discomfort or pain, how long ago did they start occurring?
Possible responses:→ No abdominal pain / only after meals / don't know
→ Less than 24 hours
→ 1-6 days
→ 1-4 weeks
→ 1 month or more
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is asymptomatic in 75% of cases, but may present as sudden severe pain that is not relieved by position change.
The pain caused by a Myocardial Infarction may extend downward into the abdominal area.
Abdominal pain is one of the most common symptoms of a sickle cell crisis – a painful episode that often occurs a few times each year in people who have sickle cell anemia. The sickle-shaped red blood cells block blood vessels, restricting blood and oxygen supply to various tissues, causing pain.