FREDERICK M. VINCENT, M.D.
To the editor: The article "Abdominal Pain Caused by Diabetic Radiculopathy" (Ann Intern Med 86:166-168, 1977) brings to light another seemingly uncommon disorder, which should be added to the list of differential diagnoses of abdominal pain. It is often the obscure causes of pain in the abdominal region that tax physicians' diagnostic acumen, and certainly many discomforts go undiagnosed for a long time. I wish to call attention to a disorder that also causes anterior abdominal discomfort, one not widely recognized as a clinical entity. This is the so-called rib-tip, or slipping-rib, syndrome (1, 2). The following case report illustrates
VINCENT FM. Abdominal Pain and Slipping-Rib Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. ;88:129–130. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-1-129_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(1):129-130.
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