abdominal pain (radiates to the back)

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Abdominal pain which radiates to the back can have a variety of aetiologies; an important additional question is whether it radiates through or round to the back.

Conditions causing pain which radiates round to the back include:

  • cholecystitis
  • biliary colic
  • renal colic

Conditions causing pain which radiates through to the back include:

  • abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • pancreatitis
  • aortic dissection
  • duodenal ulcer

Last reviewed 05/2022