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Given a patient with abdominal pain, paying particular attention to its location and chronicity: Distinguish between acute and chronic pain.
Clinical Reasoning Skills
History
Given a patient with abdominal pain, paying particular attention to its location and chronicity: Generate a complete differential diagnosis (ddx).
Clinical Reasoning Skills
Hypothesis generation, Diagnosis
Given a patient with abdominal pain, paying particular attention to its location and chronicity: Investigate in an appropriate and timely fashion.
Clinical Reasoning Skills, Selectivity
Investigation
In a patient with diagnosed abdominal pain (e.g., gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease), manage specific pathology appropriately (e.g., with. medication, lifestyle modifications).
Clinical Reasoning Skills
Treatment
In a woman with abdominal pain: Always rule out pregnancy if she is of reproductive age.
Clinical Reasoning Skills
Hypothesis generation, Investigation
In a woman with abdominal pain: Suspect gynecologic etiology for abdominal pain.
Clinical Reasoning Skills
Hypothesis generation
In a woman with abdominal pain: Do a pelvic examination, if appropriate.
Clinical Reasoning Skills
Physical, Diagnosis
In a patient with acute abdominal pain, differentiate between a surgical and a non-surgical abdomen.
Clinical Reasoning Skills, Selectivity
Physical, Diagnosis
In specific patient groups (e.g., children, pregnant women, the elderly), include group-specific surgical causes of acute abdominal pain in the ddx.
Clinical Reasoning Skills, Selectivity
Hypothesis generation, Diagnosis
Given a patient with a life-threatening cause of acute abdominal pain (e.g., a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm or a ruptured ectopic pregnancy): Recognize the life-threatening situation.
Selectivity
Diagnosis
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