Abdominal Pain Outlook
What to expect with abdominal pain:
- Most episodes of mild abdominal pain resolve without treatment.
- About 20 percent of people with moderate to severe abdominal are admitted to the hospital.
- Of those who see their doctor for abdominal pain, the underlying cause for the pain remains unknown about 40 percent of the time.
- Abdominal pain can be a dangerous symptom in the elderly.
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