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surgical abdomenAn acute abdomen that requires surgical intervention, as in with acute appendicitis, acute cholecystitis, acute diverticulitis with bowel obstruction, cancer, or acute vascular disease (e.g., infarction, abdominal aortic aneurysm). While acute abdomen and surgical abdomen are sometimes considered as synonymous, not all acute abdomens are appropriately treated by surgery.
DiffDx, acute medical abdomen
Acute intermittent porphyria, addisonian crisis, black widow spider bites, herpes zoster, lead poisoning, acute MI, pneumonia, PTE, sickle cell crisis, uraemia, etc.
surgical abdomenAcute abdomen–AA that requires surgical intervention–eg, acute appendicitis, acute cholecystitis, acute diverticulitis with bowel obstruction, CA, acute vascular disease–eg, infarction, abdominal aneurysm. See Acute abdomen. Cf NASA.
a·cute ab·do·men(ă-kyūt' ab'dŏ-mĕn)
Synonym(s): surgical abdomen.
Patient discussion about surgical abdomen
Q. Uncomfortable in my left-lower abdomen. But it is not acute or dull pain at all. I'm starting to feel uncomfortable in my lower-left abdomen. I roughly guess it started summer in 2008. Certainly, it's not acute or even dull pain at all. But it makes me very uncomfortable when I sit on the chair. I can feel it by sitting on the chair. Such uncomfortableness seems to reside in somewhere between my left leg and abdomen. It is under my navel, and to the left, extending to the my left flank. Once again, I can sense it by touching something developing (With my fingers, I gently pressed that area and, I realized that there's a difference between pressing on the lower-left abdomen and the lower-right abdomen.) But it is not something swollen, and not a hard thing. I've never had the caecum removed. I'm 40 years old, East asian. I quitted smoking in early 90's. In Octocber, 2008 I found my blood pressure pretty good (I can't remember it, though). My life is quite sedentary (I'm a graduate student.) I guess I spend most of my daily time on the chair. Thanks for any opinion in advance.