chapter  Case 3
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Abdominal pain

This chapter, written for undergraduate medical students and post-graduate doctors in training, presents information on how to manage abdominal pain — a case which they are likely to encounter in the future in a general practice setting. It presents the case of a 22-year-old sensitive and studious young man studying at the local art college, who has been experiencing sharp abdominal pains, poorly localized to the mid-zone, for some months, with occasional diarrhoea but no vomiting. 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.