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Acute Abdominal Pain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about acute abdominal pain?

Acute abdominal pain usually starts suddenly and gets worse quickly.

Abdominal Organs

What causes acute abdominal pain?

The following are common causes:

How is the cause of acute abdominal pain diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. Tell the provider when your symptoms started and about any recent travel or surgery. Also tell him or her what makes the pain better or worse. Based on what your provider finds from the exam, and your symptoms, you may need any of the following:

How is acute abdominal pain treated?

Treatment depends on the cause of your abdominal pain. You may need any of the following:

What can I do to manage acute abdominal pain?

What can I do to prevent acute abdominal pain?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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