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 [ab´dah-men, ab-do´men]
the anterior portion of the body between the thorax and the pelvis; it contains the abdominal cavity, which is separated from the chest area by the diaphragm. The cavity, which is lined with a membrane known as the peritoneum, contains the stomach, large and small intestines, liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, gallbladder, urinary bladder, and other structures. Called also belly and venter. adj., adj abdom´inal.
Internal structures of the abdomen.
acute abdomen (surgical abdomen) an acute intra-abdominal condition of abrupt onset, usually associated with severe pain due to inflammation, perforation, obstruction, infarction, or rupture of abdominal organs, and usually requiring emergency surgical intervention.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

a·cute ab·do·men

any serious acute intraabdominal condition (for example, appendicitis) attended by pain, tenderness, and muscular rigidity and for which emergency surgery must be considered.
Synonym(s): surgical abdomen
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

surgical abdomen

An 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.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

surgical abdomen

Acute 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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a·cute ab·do·men

(ă-kyūt' ab'dŏ-mĕn)
Any serious sudden intraabdominal condition (such as appendicitis) attended by pain, tenderness, and muscular rigidity, and for which emergency surgery must be considered.
Synonym(s): surgical abdomen.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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.

A. hi '''i do have the same thing all what i do is keep it higher than my hart and after a lettel time it well come back to normal and i advice you to go see a d'r when you have the rhit time for it.......and happy holly day and happy 2009..lolo21

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