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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 332-336

Nonspecific abdominal pain: A follow-up survey

1 Department of Emergency, Haydarpasa Numune Training and Research Hospital, University of Health Sciences, Fatih, Turkey
2 Department of Emergency, Istanbul Training and Research Hospital, University of Health Sciences, Fatih, Turkey
3 Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Acibadem University, Atasehir, Istanbul, Turkey

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Prof. O Karcioglu
Department of Emergency Medicine, Istanbul Education and Research Hospital, PK 34098, Fatih, Istanbul
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DOI: 10.4103/njcp.njcp_30_17

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Introduction: Little data have been published on the outcome of patients discharged from the emergency department (ED) after being diagnosed with nonspecific abdominal pain (NSAP). This study aimed to investigate short-term follow-up of patients discharged with a diagnosis of NSAP from the ED. Materials and Methods: This prospective, observational study was conducted in the University-based ED and enrolled all consecutive adult patients who were diagnosed as NSAP out of patients presented with abdominal pain (AP). The main outcome measure was the presence of recurrent AP resulting in referral to the ED and specific diagnoses within the first 3- and 90-day postdischarge. On the 3rd and 90th days, all patients discharged with NSAP from the ED were asked questions, and their response entered into a questionnaire. Results: A total of 684 patients presented with AP, of which 299 (46%) had a diagnosis of NSAP within the 4-month period. Fifty cases (16%) could not be included due to inability to access. Eighty-one out of 249 patients (32.5%) complained of recurrent AP within the first 3 days. Twenty-two cases (8.8%) were readmitted to ED once again in the meantime, and ten received specific diagnoses including three with acute abdomen. Within 90 days, additional nine patients out of 20 (45%) with recurrent AP received specific diagnoses including two with acute abdomen. Conclusions: Certain specific underlying entities can be missed in patients considered to have NSAP and discharged from the ED. Adherence to timely follow-up and repeated examinations are of vital importance in these patients.

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