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Module: The Acute Abdomen

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The Acute Abdomen - initial steps


Peter Devitt

Head, Professorial Surgical Unit
Royal Adelaide Hospital


Assessment of the patient with an acute abdominal problem is very different from the assessment of a patient who walks into the general practitioner's rooms with vague or long-standing abdominal symptoms. A careful clinical evaluation is critical. This case study will focus on the physical examination.

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