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Chirurgia 2009 April;22(2):69-78

language: Italian

Abdominal pain in surgery

Russo A.

Struttura Ospedaliera Complessa Pronto Soccorso Chirurgico Presidio Ospedaliero “Leopoldo Parodi Delfino” ASL Roma G, Colleferro, Roma, Italia


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Abdominal pain, considered the principal, but not the only, symptom of surgical emergencies, causes hospitalization of 75% of the elderly (65 years older patients) in the First Aid Departments, and of 20-40% of hospitalizations among adults (<65 years); acute symptoms show global mortality rate of 4% while mortality rate among surgical eligible subjects reaches 8%. The most important surgical pathologies, arising with abdominal pain, are discussed in this brief discussion.

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