Abdominal Pain among Older Adults

M. Bachir Tazkarji, MD, CCFP, CAQ Geriatric Medicine, Lecturer, Family Medicine Department, University of Toronto; Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, ON.

As the population is aging, physicians from all specialties are expected to see more older adults at their outpatient practices and in the acute settings. Abdominal pain remains one of the most common and potentially serious complaints that emergency physicians encounter. Vascular pathology should be considered early in the diagnostic course of all older adults who have abdominal pain because the time for intervention is critical.
Key words: abdominal pain, older adults, management of acute abdominal pain.