Abdominal pain

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In medicine, abdominal pain is a "sensation of discomfort, distress, or agony in the abdominal region; generally associated with functional disorders, tissue injuries, or diseases."[1]


Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome

Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome is a cause of abdominal pain in which the origin of the pain is actually the abdominal wall.[2][3]


Carnett's test for abdominal wall tenderness[4].

A positive Carnett's test for abdominal wall tenderness may help.[5][4]

One approach is ultrasonography of the abdomen, followed by computed tomography of the abdomen if ultrasonography is negative.[6]


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  3. Boelens OB, van Assen T, Houterman S, Scheltinga MR, Roumen RM (2013). "A double-blind, randomized, controlled trial on surgery for chronic abdominal pain due to anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome.". Ann Surg 257 (5): 845-9. DOI:10.1097/SLA.0b013e318285f930. PMID 23470571. Research Blogging.
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  6. Laméris W, van Randen A, van Es HW, van Heesewijk JP, van Ramshorst B, Bouma WH et al. (2009). "Imaging strategies for detection of urgent conditions in patients with acute abdominal pain: diagnostic accuracy study.". BMJ 338: b2431. DOI:10.1136/bmj.b2431. PMID 19561056. Research Blogging.