Abdominal Pain, Pediatric

Adrienne M. Scheich Reviewed 06/2017



  • Abdominal pain is a subjective symptom that can originate from any intra-abdominal organ but also be secondary to non-abdominal sources (e.g., peridiaphragmatic conditions [e.g., pne...


Approach to the Patient

Initial step is to establish the acuity and severity of symptoms and to rule out a potentially life-threatening emergency (e.g., appendicitis, perforation, bowel obstr...


General Measures

  • In the acute setting of abdominal pain suggesting a potential life-threatening condition (acute appendicitis, acute obstruction, volvulus), the patient should be stabilized a...

Additional Reading

  • Chitkara  DK, Rawat  DJ, Talley  NJ. The epidemiology of childhood recurrent abdominal pain in Western countries: a systematic review. Am J Gastroenterol.  2005;100(8):1868–187...



  • 789.00 Abdominal pain, unspecified site

  • 789.09 Abdominal pain, other specified site

  • 789.03 Abdominal pain, right lower quadrant

  • 789.01 Abdominal pain, right upper quadrant

  • 789.07 Abdominal pain...

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