Abdominal pain

Last updated: Wednesday, 16, January, 2013
Key InformationAppropriate Tests

Diagnosis based on history and physical examination; diagnostic imaging and pathology tests as appropriate.

See specific clinical problems eg, peritonitis, pancreatitis.

If inflammation suspected

FBC, blood film; CRP or ESR only occasionally useful.

If ectopic pregnancy suspected

Beta human chorionic gonadotrophin.

If pancreatitis suspected

Lipase or, if unavailable, amylase.

If dehydration or electrolyte imbalance suspected

FBC; creatinine, urea, electrolytes.