Abdominal Pain – Anatomy

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LOCALISING ABDOMINAL PAIN

  • Beware of referred pain
  • Remember that shingles is the great mimicker and can cause localised pain prior to the rash appearing

Referred pain

  • Shoulder = subdiaphragmatic (e.g. subphenic abscess)
  • Groin / Testis = aorta, ureter

 

Site of pain Anatomy Organs
Upper abdominal pain ForeMidGut Stomach/Esophagus
Liver / Gall bladder / Pancreas
Spleen
Proximal duodenum
Heart
Lungs
Central abdominal pain ForeMidGut Distal duodenum
Small bowel
Caecum & Appendix
Large bowel (to splenic flexure)
Lower abdominal / Pelvic Pain HindGutPelvic Large bowel (from splenic flexure to sigmoid)
Bladder / Prostate
Uterus / Ovaries and Testis

 

Back / Loin Pain Retroperitoneal Pancreas
Duodenum (2nd/3rd part)
Kidneys / Adrenals
Aorta / IVC
Rectum

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