chapter  Case 1
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Abdominal discomfort

This chapter, written for undergraduate medical students and post-graduate doctors in training, presents information on how to manage abdominal discomfort — a case which they are likely to encounter in the future in a general practice setting. It presents the case of a 58-year-old woman who presents with abdominal discomfort. Her symptoms are vague. Over the past few months, she has noticed an increasingly achy area in her left lower abdomen. Her abdomen also feels bloated. The chapter provides details of the patients' medical history and the key findings of clinical examination, together with initial investigation results data for evaluation, and helps them develop their skills of clinical reasoning. Key questions then prompt the student to evaluate the patient, and reach a decision regarding their condition and the possible treatment plan.