Acute abdominal pain in the older adult

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2011 May;29(2):429-48, x. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2011.01.012.


Abdominal pain in older adults is a concerning symptom common to a variety of diagnoses with high morbidity and mortality. Organizing the differential into categories based on pathology (inflammatory, obstructive, vascular, or other causes) provides a framework for the history, physical, and diagnostic studies. An organized approach and treatment and considerations specific to the geriatric population are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain* / diagnosis
  • Abdominal Pain* / epidemiology
  • Abdominal Pain* / etiology
  • Acute Disease
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Emergencies*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Humans
  • Morbidity / trends
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology