Abdominal pain is usually the presenting complaint.
There may be abdominal tenderness. It may also not be there.
Patients will present with pain.
Because of the pain, there is guarding when the physician tries to examine the abdomen.
When you request a full blood count, you will see leukocytosis
When you take the peritoneal aspirate, you will notice that it is tabid, showing there is infection.
What do you understand by the term Acute abdomen?1mk)
The term acute abdomen is a term we use for conditions that are either surgical, medical and gynecological where the primary symptoms the patient complains of is pain. This pain is usually located in the abdomen. Further investigations will help the physician pinpoint the exact problem. Clinical features of peritonitis include;
It can be due to an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is when the fetus implants in other parts other than the uterus. For example the fallopian tubes. They will eventually bleed leading to pain and bleeding, making it a fatal condition.
Presence of pelvic inflammatory disease(PID). An article will be soon updated on this important gynaecological condition.
If the patient is suffering from endometriosis, which is, in simple terms inflammation of the endometrium.
If the is fibroid degeneration.
In situations where there is a ruptured ovarian cyst
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