Abdominal Pain, Acute

Editors' Choice of Best Available Content

This collection features the best content from AFP, as identified by the AFP editors, on acute abdominal pain and related issues, including acute pelvic pain, appendicitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and pancreatitis. New research may affect the interpretation and application of this material. Clinical judgment is advised. Note that AFP content published within the past 12 months is accessible to AAFP members and paid subscribers only. Note: See related topic modules on Dyspepsia, Gastroenteritis and Diarrhea in Children, Hepatitis (and Other Liver Diseases), and Urinary Tract Infections/Dysuria.



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Patient Education, Self-Care


04/01/2015 Diagnostic Imaging of Acute Abdominal Pain in Adults
10/01/2010 Left Lower-Quadrant Pain: Guidelines from the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria Differential Diagnosis
09/15/2010 Updated Guideline on Diagnosis and Treatment of Intra-Abdominal Infections [Practice Guidelines]
07/15/2010 Evaluation of Acute Pelvic Pain in Women Differential Diagnosis Patient Education Algorithm
04/01/2008 Evaluation of Acute Abdominal Pain in Adults Differential Diagnosis Algorithm
10/01/2007 Opioid Analgesia During Evaluation of Acute Abdominal Pain [Cochrane for Clinicians]
11/01/2006 Diagnosis of Acute Abdominal Pain in Older Patients
06/01/2003 Acute Abdominal Pain in Children

Specific Sites

Abdominal Wall

08/01/2001 The Abdominal Wall: An Overlooked Source of Pain


04/15/2015 Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm


04/15/2010 ACEP Releases Guidelines on Evaluation of Suspected Acute Appendicitis [Practice Guidelines]
03/15/2008 Diagnosis of Appendicitis: Part I. History and Physical Examination [Point-of-Care Guides] Point of Care
04/15/2008 Diagnosis of Appendicitis: Part II. Laboratory and Imaging Tests [Point-of-Care Guides] Algorithm Point of Care
01/01/2005 Imaging for Suspected Appendicitis


05/15/2010 Diagnosis of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease [Point-of-Care Guides] Point of Care
01/15/2009 GERD in Adults [Clinical Evidence Handbook]
06/15/2006 Esophageal Cancer: A Review and Update
10/01/2003 Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Patient Education


05/15/2014 Functional Gallbladder Disorder: An Increasingly Common Diagnosis [Editorials]
05/15/2014 Surgical and Nonsurgical Management of Gallstones Algorithm


05/01/2013 Diagnosis and Management of Acute Diverticulitis Differential Diagnosis Algorithm
09/01/2012 Diagnosis and Management of IBS in Adults Differential Diagnosis Algorithm
01/15/2011 Evaluation and Mangement of Intestinal Obstruction Differential Diagnosis Patient Education Algorithm
06/15/2009 ACG Releases Recommendations on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome [Practice Guidelines]
12/15/2005 Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome


12/01/2011 Treatment and Prevention of Kidney Stones: An Update Differential Diagnosis Patient Education Algorithm
07/01/2006 Medical Management of Common Urinary Calculi Patient Education


11/01/2014 Acute Pancreatitis Differential Diagnosis
03/01/2008 Chronic Pancreatitis [Clinical Evidence Handbook]
12/01/2007 Chronic Pancreatitis Differential Diagnosis Patient Education Algorithm
02/01/2006 Pancreatic Cancer: Diagnosis and Management

Patient Education, Self-Care

05/15/2014 Gallstones Patient Education
05/01/2013 Diverticulitis Patient Education
09/01/2012 Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patient Education
12/01/2011 Preventing Kidney Stones with Diet and Nutrition Patient Education


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Abdominal Pain, Short-Term
Abdominal Pain, Long-Term

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