December 8, 2023

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Dr. Erika Kube

Abdominal pain is a frequent complaint for patients who come into the emergency department.

It can have many possible causes and range from relatively harmless to life threatening. Depending on a patient’s age and past medical history, I formulate a list of potential diagnoses at our first meeting. I add to or subtract from that list when I examine the patient and order lab and imaging tests. Often the tests confirm my initial thoughts and sometimes the diagnosis is surprising or unexpected.

Todd came to the emergency department (ED) with abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. He looked uncomfortable when I went in to see him. He was in his early 40s and had been seen in the ED previously for similar symptoms, most recently about six weeks earlier when he was diagnosed with diverticulitis.