A primary care approach to abdominal pain in adults

Indiran Govender*, Selvandran Rangiah, Tombo Bongongo, Philemon Mahuma

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Abdominal pain is a common presenting problem with multiple aetiologies that often pose diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas for primary care practitioners. The vague symptomatology and difficult correlation to specific organ pathology obscures clinical findings leading to incorrect diagnoses. Although most presentations of abdominal pain are benign, a significant number of patients have life-threatening conditions that require a meticulous approach to management in order to prevent morbidity and mortality. The skill in assessing patients presenting with abdominal pain is fundamental for all primary care doctors. This review will discuss an approach to the assessment and diagnosis of abdominal pain in the primary care setting.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbera5280
JournalSouth African Family Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Abdominal pain
  • Diagnostic approach
  • Examination guide
  • History guide
  • Pathophysiology
  • Primary care


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