Montraumatic abdominal pain is a common complaint of adult patients in acute care settings. The causes of abdominal pain are numerous and can be benign or life threatening. The advanced practice nurse must be able to differentiate abdominal pain from acute and nonacute sources so that rapid and effective treatment can be imptemenied
Diagnostic Approach to Common Medical Problems in the Hospitalized Adult| August 01 1997
Nontraumatic Abdominal Pain
Lynn A. Kelso, RN, MSN, ACNP-CS, CCRN;
From the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1997) 8 (3): 437–448.
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Lynn A. Kelso, Marcelo Kugelmas; Nontraumatic Abdominal Pain. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 August 1997; 8 (3): 437–448. doi:
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