An Introduction: Is My Patient Immunocompromised? How Do I Interpret History and Physical Examination Findings in the Immunocompromised Patient? What Does the Work-Up Look Like for an Immunocompromised Patient? What Are the Unique Risks and Potential Pitfalls?
Patients who are immunocompromised are at risk for serious intra-abdominal pathology compared to their age-matched counterparts. Furthermore, they may not manifest typical signs and symptoms of severe illness until late in the disease course. The emergency medicine provider needs to maintain a high index of suspicion of serious pathology in these patients.
KeywordsImmunocompromised Abdominal pain Physical examination Laboratory testing
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