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Abdominal pain in children. An approach in general practice

Li-Zsa Tan

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Abstract

Abdominal pain is a common yet infuriatingly nonspecific symptom in children presenting to GPs. Having a well-practised, thoughtful approach to diagnosis and investigation helps differentiate potentially serious conditions from the benign.

 

Key Points

  • Managing paediatric abdominal pain in general practice begins with a well-considered, confident diagnosis.
  • Having an established approach to diagnosis allows a targeted evaluation within the short amount of time available during a consultation.
  • Dangerous conditions should first be ruled out by screening for red flags.
  • Investigations should be tailored towards confirming or ruling out diagnoses.
  • GPs should not hesitate to seek another opinion; well-considered referrals and first-line investigations will facilitate prompt triaging.

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