What “Red Flags” Should the Emergency Clinician Be Aware of When Evaluating the Patient with Chronic Abdominal Pain?
Chronic abdominal pain patients represent a diverse population of patients that require an open mind and judicious management strategy. It is incumbent on the emergency care provider to be aware of “red flags” which indicate the presence of an acute, undiagnosed, or alternative etiology for a chronic pain flare. In addition, the “red flags” which alert the emergency care provider to the possibility of malingering or opiate-seeking behavior will guide the clinician to an appropriate management and disposition.
KeywordsChronic abdominal pain Red flags High risk
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