Abdominal pain represents one of the most common symptoms in medicine; nearly everyone suffers it at some stage. In most cases it is not associated with serious or life- threatening pathology, but the clinician must always be aware that abdominal pain may represent serious pathology.
Abdominal pain is described, as all pains should be, by:
- nature / character
- precipitating and relieving factors
- associated symptoms, e.g. nausea, vomiting