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Acute abdomen Dr. Alaa Osman, MD Surgeon
The term ‘ acute abdomen’ designates symptoms and signs of intra-abdominal disease usually treated best by surgical operat...
Acute Abdomen <ul><li>If I operate and the problem is not surgical, patient exposed to unnecessary risk, anesthetic, etc. ...
 
Characteristics of patients need surgery <ul><li>Acute pain </li></ul><ul><li>Septic & toxic </li></ul><ul><li>Board-like ...
Characteristics of patients need  NO surgery <ul><li>Trivial pain </li></ul><ul><li>Robust appearance </li></ul><ul><li>So...
Acute Abdominal Pain Non-surgical Emergencies <ul><li>Mesenteric Adenitis </li></ul><ul><li>Acute Enteric Infections </li>...
Acute Abdominal Pain Metabolic Causes <ul><li>Diabetic Ketoacidosis </li></ul><ul><li>Heavy Metal Poisoning </li></ul><ul>...
 
The Physiology of Abdominal Pain <ul><li>􀂉  Abdominal pain from any cause is mediated by either  visceral  or  somatic  af...
Visceral Pain <ul><li>􀂉  Stimuli </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄  Distention of the gut or other hollow  abdominal organ </li></ul><ul...
Somatic Pain <ul><li>Stimuli </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄  Irritation of the peritoneum </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉  Sensation </li></ul><u...
Pattern of referred pain Gastric pain Liver and biliary pain Colonic pain Ureteral or kidney pain Diaphragmatic irritation...
History <ul><li>Where does it hurt? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know locations of major organs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But re...
History <ul><li>What does pain feel like? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Steady pain - inflammatory process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
History <ul><li>Was onset of pain gradual or sudden? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sudden = perforation, hemorrhage, infarct </li>...
History <ul><li>Does pain radiate (travel) anywhere? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Right shoulder, angle of right scapula = gall b...
History <ul><li>Duration? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>> 6 hour duration = ? surgical significance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nausea,...
History <ul><li>Change in urinary habits?  Urine appearance? </li></ul><ul><li>Change in bowel habits?  Appearance of bowe...
History <ul><li>Regardless of underlying cause vomiting or diarrhea can be a problem because of associated volume loss </l...
History <ul><li>Females </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Last menstrual period?  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abnormal bleeding?  </li>...
Physical Exam <ul><li>General Appearance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lies perfectly still    inflammation, peritonitis </li></u...
Physical Exam <ul><li>Vital signs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tachycardia   ? Early shock (more important than BP) </li></ul></...
Physical Examination: The Quadrants
 
 
Special physical signs <ul><li>Murphy’s sign </li></ul><ul><li>Boas’s sign </li></ul><ul><li>Grey turner’s and Cullen's si...
Diagnosis: Right Upper Quadrant (RUQ) Pain <ul><li>Investigations </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉  X-Ray </li></ul><ul><li>Upright che...
 
Differential Diagnosis: RUQ Pain Fever, tachypnea, bronchial breathing Right lower lobe pneumonia Shift of pain, tendernes...
Diagnosis: Left Upper Quadrant (LUQ) and Epigastric Pain <ul><li>Investigations: </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉  Upright chest XR </l...
Differential Diagnosis: LUQ and Epigastric Pain Fever, XR findings, bronchial breathing Pneumonia Recurrent, relationship ...
Diagnosis: Right Lower Quadrant (RLQ) Pain <ul><li>Investigations </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉  Urinalysis (to exclude obvious urin...
Differential Diagnosis: RLQ Pain … see next Gynecologic causes Recurrent, several days history Crohn’s disease Tender swol...
Gynecologic Causes of RLQ Pain Sudden onset, amenorrhea, shock Pelvic inflammatory disease Severe pain, vomiting Ruptured ...
Diagnosis: Left Lower Quadrant (LLQ) Pain <ul><li>􀂄  Pregnancy test </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄  Urinalysis to exclude unsuspected...
Differential Diagnosis: LLQ Pain Gynecologic causes as for RLQ pain Tender, swollen testis, young age Torsion of testis Co...
Immediate Treatment of the Acute Abdomen <ul><li>1-Start large bore IV with either saline or lactated Ringer’s </li></ul><...
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  1. 1. Acute abdomen Dr. Alaa Osman, MD Surgeon
  2. 2. The term ‘ acute abdomen’ designates symptoms and signs of intra-abdominal disease usually treated best by surgical operation.
  3. 3. Acute Abdomen <ul><li>If I operate and the problem is not surgical, patient exposed to unnecessary risk, anesthetic, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Risks greater with concomitant illness, older age </li></ul><ul><li>If I do not operate and problem is surgical, patient at risk because of wrong therapy. </li></ul><ul><li>Again the older patient is under greater burden. </li></ul>Continue
  4. 5. Characteristics of patients need surgery <ul><li>Acute pain </li></ul><ul><li>Septic & toxic </li></ul><ul><li>Board-like abdomen </li></ul><ul><li>Absent bowel sounds </li></ul><ul><li>WBC 25,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Free air under diaphragm </li></ul>
  5. 6. Characteristics of patients need NO surgery <ul><li>Trivial pain </li></ul><ul><li>Robust appearance </li></ul><ul><li>Soft abdomen with no guarding </li></ul><ul><li>Normal bowel sounds </li></ul><ul><li>Normal WBC </li></ul><ul><li>Normal plain and upright films of abdomen </li></ul>
  6. 7. Acute Abdominal Pain Non-surgical Emergencies <ul><li>Mesenteric Adenitis </li></ul><ul><li>Acute Enteric Infections </li></ul><ul><li>Acute Enteric Poisonings </li></ul><ul><li>Inflammatory Bowel Disease </li></ul><ul><li>Pancreatitis (usually) </li></ul>
  7. 8. Acute Abdominal Pain Metabolic Causes <ul><li>Diabetic Ketoacidosis </li></ul><ul><li>Heavy Metal Poisoning </li></ul><ul><li>Acute Porphyria </li></ul><ul><li>Tabes dorsalis </li></ul><ul><li>Sickle Cell Crisis </li></ul>
  8. 10. The Physiology of Abdominal Pain <ul><li>􀂉 Abdominal pain from any cause is mediated by either visceral or somatic afferent nerves </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 Several factors can modify expression of pain: </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Age extremes </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Vascular compromise (pain ‘out of proportion’) </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 CNS pathology </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Neutropenia </li></ul>
  9. 11. Visceral Pain <ul><li>􀂉 Stimuli </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Distention of the gut or other hollow abdominal organ </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Traction on the bowel mesentery </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Inflammation </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Ischemia </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 Sensation </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Corresponds to the embryologic origin of the diseased organ (foregut, midgut, hindgut) </li></ul>
  10. 12. Somatic Pain <ul><li>Stimuli </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Irritation of the peritoneum </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 Sensation </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Sharp, localized pain </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Easily described </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 Cardinal signs </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Pain “tenderness” </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Guarding </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Rebound </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Absent bowel sounds </li></ul>
  11. 13. Pattern of referred pain Gastric pain Liver and biliary pain Colonic pain Ureteral or kidney pain Diaphragmatic irritation Biliary colic Pancreatic and renal pain , Uterine and rectal pain
  12. 14. History <ul><li>Where does it hurt? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know locations of major organs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But realize abdominal pain locations do not correlate well with source </li></ul></ul>
  13. 15. History <ul><li>What does pain feel like? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Steady pain - inflammatory process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crampy pain - obstructive process </li></ul></ul>
  14. 16. History <ul><li>Was onset of pain gradual or sudden? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sudden = perforation, hemorrhage, infarct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gradual = peritoneal irrigation, hollow organ distension </li></ul></ul>
  15. 17. History <ul><li>Does pain radiate (travel) anywhere? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Right shoulder, angle of right scapula = gall bladder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Around flank to groin = kidney, ureter </li></ul></ul>
  16. 18. History <ul><li>Duration? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>> 6 hour duration = ? surgical significance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nausea, vomiting? Bloody? “Coffee Grounds”? </li></ul>Any blood in GI tract = Emergency until proven otherwise
  17. 19. History <ul><li>Change in urinary habits? Urine appearance? </li></ul><ul><li>Change in bowel habits? Appearance of bowel movements? Melena? </li></ul>
  18. 20. History <ul><li>Regardless of underlying cause vomiting or diarrhea can be a problem because of associated volume loss </li></ul>
  19. 21. History <ul><li>Females </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Last menstrual period? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abnormal bleeding? </li></ul></ul>In females, abdominal pain = Gyn problem until proven otherwise
  20. 22. Physical Exam <ul><li>General Appearance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lies perfectly still  inflammation, peritonitis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restless, writhing  obstruction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Abdominal distension? </li></ul><ul><li>Ecchymosis around umbilicus, flanks? </li></ul>
  21. 23. Physical Exam <ul><li>Vital signs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tachycardia  ? Early shock (more important than BP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rapid shallow breathing  peritonitis </li></ul></ul>
  22. 24. Physical Examination: The Quadrants
  23. 27. Special physical signs <ul><li>Murphy’s sign </li></ul><ul><li>Boas’s sign </li></ul><ul><li>Grey turner’s and Cullen's sign </li></ul><ul><li>Rovsing’s sign </li></ul>
  24. 28. Diagnosis: Right Upper Quadrant (RUQ) Pain <ul><li>Investigations </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 X-Ray </li></ul><ul><li>Upright chest </li></ul><ul><li>Upright and supine abdominal </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 Complete Blood count </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 Urinalysis </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 Amylase, Creatinine, BUN, Electrolytes </li></ul>
  25. 30. Differential Diagnosis: RUQ Pain Fever, tachypnea, bronchial breathing Right lower lobe pneumonia Shift of pain, tenderness Retrocecal appendicitis Edema, dyspnea, elevated JVP Congestive heart failure Dysuria, fever, costovertebral angle tenderness Right pyelonephritis Alcohol history, jaundice, medications Acute hepatitis Recurrent attacks, tender over gall bladder area Biliary colic, acute cholecystitis clues Condition
  26. 31. Diagnosis: Left Upper Quadrant (LUQ) and Epigastric Pain <ul><li>Investigations: </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 Upright chest XR </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 Upright and supine abdominal XR </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 CBC </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 Amylase and lipase (if available </li></ul>
  27. 32. Differential Diagnosis: LUQ and Epigastric Pain Fever, XR findings, bronchial breathing Pneumonia Recurrent, relationship to meals, relationship to posture Gastritis / Peptic ulcer disease History of alcohol consumption, history of similar event, elevated labs Pancreatitis History of trauma, gross deformity, extreme tenderness on palpation Fractured ribs History of trauma or splenic disease Splenic rupture clues Condition
  28. 33. Diagnosis: Right Lower Quadrant (RLQ) Pain <ul><li>Investigations </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 Urinalysis (to exclude obvious urinary causes) </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 Pregnancy test </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 Ultrasound </li></ul><ul><li>􀂉 Complete blood count </li></ul>
  29. 34. Differential Diagnosis: RLQ Pain … see next Gynecologic causes Recurrent, several days history Crohn’s disease Tender swollen testis, usually young age Torsed right testis Colicky pain, hematuria Right renal colic Fever, inconstant signs Mesenteric adenitis Shift of pain, anorexia, localized tenderness Acute appendicitis clues Condition
  30. 35. Gynecologic Causes of RLQ Pain Sudden onset, amenorrhea, shock Pelvic inflammatory disease Severe pain, vomiting Ruptured ectopic pregnancy Midcycle, sudden onset Torsion of ovary Fever, cervical excitation, discharge Ruptured follicle CLUES CONDITION
  31. 36. Diagnosis: Left Lower Quadrant (LLQ) Pain <ul><li>􀂄 Pregnancy test </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Urinalysis to exclude unsuspected urinary source </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Ultrasound </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Complete blood count </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 Upright and supine abdominal XR </li></ul><ul><li>􀂄 CT scan if diverticular disease is suspected </li></ul>
  32. 37. Differential Diagnosis: LLQ Pain Gynecologic causes as for RLQ pain Tender, swollen testis, young age Torsion of testis Colicky pain, hematuria Left renal colic Colicky pain, constipation Large bowel obstruction Recurrent attacks, diarrhea (+/- mucus, blood) Inflammatory bowel disease Dysuria, frequency Urinary tract infection Palpable bladder, difficulty passing urine Acute urinary retention Elderly patient, recurrent Diverticular disease CLUES CONDITION
  33. 38. Immediate Treatment of the Acute Abdomen <ul><li>1-Start large bore IV with either saline or lactated Ringer’s </li></ul><ul><li>solution </li></ul><ul><li>2-IV pain medication </li></ul><ul><li>3-Nasogastric tube if vomiting or concerned about obstruction </li></ul><ul><li>4-Foley catheter to follow hydration status and to obtain </li></ul><ul><li>urinalysis </li></ul><ul><li>5-Antibiotic administration if suspicious of inflammation or </li></ul><ul><li>perforation </li></ul><ul><li>6-Definitive therapy or procedure will vary with diagnosis </li></ul><ul><li>Remember to reassess patient on a regular basis. </li></ul>
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