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Diagnosis of the acute abdomen can be utterly confounding in some patients because of the multitude of disorders that have similar presenting symptoms and signs. The author provides help for such problems by presenting orderly, thorough, and concise discussions of the many conditions that produce an acute abdomen. Emphasis is properly placed on understanding regional anatomy, physiology, and referred pain patterns. After a review of the pertinent clinical features of each entity, the differential diagnosis is considered. Repetitious discussions of symptoms and signs prove valuable in assisting the reader's memory for such a large volume of information.
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The Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen.. Ann Intern Med. 1973;78:471–472. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-3-471_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(3):471-472.
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