Answer: Topic 3- DQ 2
Acute abdomen refers to severe abdominal pain lasting for hours to a few days and may require urgent surgical intervention
- Sudden onset of diffuse abdominal pain.
- Nausea, vomiting.
- Diffuse abdominal guarding, rigidity, and rebound tenderness.
- Absent bowel sounds.
- Loss of liver dullness on RUQ percussion.
You are assessing a patient who has presented to the emergency department with an acute onset of abdominal pain. List three differential diagnoses that would lead to immediate surgical consultation. Support your answer with two or three peer-reviewed resources.