Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Risk Factors Symptoms serious signs Evaluation fiberoptic procedures Treatment specialist Home Care constipation diarrhea fever pain control vomiting warning signs Outlook Underlying Cause Anatomy

Bad Tummy Ache 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.

Continue to Bad Tummy Ache Underlying Cause

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Bad Tummy Ache References
  1. Flasar MH, Goldberg E. Acute abdominal pain. Med Clin North Am. 2006 May;90(3):481-503. [16473101]
  2. Holten KB, Wetherington A, Bankston L. Diagnosing the patient with abdominal pain and altered bowel habits: is it irritable bowel syndrome? Am Fam Physician. 2003 May 15;67(10):2157-62. [12776965]
  3. Jones PF. Suspected acute appendicitis: trends in management over 30 years. Br J Surg. 2001 Dec;88(12):1570-7. [11736966]
  4. Lozeau AM, Potter B. Diagnosis and management of ectopic pregnancy. Am Fam Physician. 2005 Nov 1;72(9):1707-14. [16300032]
  5. Macari M, Balthazar EJ. The acute right lower quadrant: CT evaluation.Radiol Clin North Am. 2003 Nov;41(6):1117-36. [14661661]
  6. McCollough M, Sharieff GQ. Abdominal pain in children. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2006 Feb;53(1):107-37, vi. [16487787]
  7. Nagurney JT, Brown DF, Chang Y, Sane S, Wang AC, Weiner JB. Use of diagnostic testing in the emergency department for patients presenting with non-traumatic abdominal pain. J Emerg Med. 2003 Nov;25(4):363-71. [14654174]
  8. Old JL, Dusing RW, Yap W, Dirks J. Imaging for suspected appendicitis. Am Fam Physician. 2005 Jan 1;71(1):71-8. Review. [15663029]
  9. Olden KW. Diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome. Gastroenterology. 2002 May;122(6):1701-14.[12016433]
  10. Warren O, Kinross J, Paraskeva P, Darzi A. Emergency laparoscopy - current best practice. World J Emerg Surg. 2006 Aug 31;1(1):24 [16945124]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.