Abdominal surgical emergencies in the elderly

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2003 Nov;21(4):937-69. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8627(03)00072-5.

Abstract

The evaluation of abdominal pain can be considerably more challenging in elderly patients. A higher likelihood of life-threatening pathology combined with a myriad of diagnostic pitfalls in this population mandate a more cautious approach with greater use of diagnostic resources and specialist consultation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain / diagnosis
  • Abdominal Pain / etiology*
  • Abdominal Pain / surgery*
  • Acute Disease
  • Aged
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / complications
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / diagnosis
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / epidemiology
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / surgery
  • Biliary Tract Diseases / complications
  • Biliary Tract Diseases / diagnosis
  • Biliary Tract Diseases / surgery
  • Emergencies
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / complications
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / epidemiology
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / surgery
  • Humans
  • Mental Competency
  • Physician-Patient Relations