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 two years 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


06/15/2018 Recurrent Abdominal Pain in Children Algorithm Differential Diagnosis
05/15/2016 Acute Abdominal Pain in Children Algorithm Differential Diagnosis
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]
04/01/2008 Evaluation of Acute Abdominal Pain in Adults Algorithm Differential Diagnosis
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 Algorithm

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Abdominal Wall

10/01/2018 Abdominal Wall Pain: Clinical Evaluation, Differential Diagnosis, and Treatment Algorithm Point of Care Differential Diagnosis


04/15/2015 Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm


10/01/2020 Acute Appendicitis: Computed Tomography for Diagnosis in Adults [Cochrane for Clinicians]
07/01/2018 Acute Appendicitis: Efficient Diagnosis and Management Algorithm
01/15/2016 Appendicitis [Clinical Evidence Handbook]
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 Algorithm


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 Algorithm
05/15/2015 Common Questions About the Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease


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


08/01/2021 Diagnosis and Initial Management of Acute Colonic Diverticulitis [Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews]
08/01/2021 Accuracy of Ultrasonography for the Diagnosis of Small Bowel Obstruction [Medicine by the Numbers]
06/15/2021 Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Questions and Answers for Effective Care
12/01/2020 Antibiotics for Uncomplicated Diverticulitis [Medicine by the Numbers]
10/15/2020 Acute Diverticulitis: Identifying Patients Unlikely to Have Complications [Point-of-Care Guides]
09/15/2020 Diverticulitis: Predicting Which Patients with Acute Abdominal Pain Have the Disease [Point-of-Care Guides]
09/15/2018 Intestinal Obstruction: Evaluation and Management Algorithm Differential Diagnosis
05/01/2013 Diagnosis and Management of Acute Diverticulitis Algorithm Differential Diagnosis
06/15/2009 ACG Releases Recommendations on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome [Practice Guidelines]


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


01/01/2019 Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Severe Acute Pancreatitis [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]
03/15/2018 Chronic Pancreatitis: Diagnosis and Treatment Algorithm Differential Diagnosis
11/01/2014 Acute Pancreatitis Differential Diagnosis
03/01/2008 Chronic Pancreatitis [Clinical Evidence Handbook]
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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