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Sudden/rapid onset and escalation

1. Vascular -

hemorrhage, ischemia

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Sudden/rapid onset and escalation
Perforation

hollow viscous, ulcer/tumor erosion

3

meds that matter with a surgical abdomen

Steroids
coumadin

NSAID’s
Pepto Bismal
anticholenergics
CAM
current/recent antibiotics

4

Sudden/rapid onset and escalation

1. Vascular - hemorrhage, ischemia

2. Perforation - hollow viscous, ulcer/tumor erosion

3. Rupture - appy, ectopic pregnancy, ovarian etiology

4. Obstruction - bowel, gallbladder, ureter

5. Trauma

5

PMH you want to consider in a surgical abdomen

GI, DM, atherosclerosis, cardiac, renal, CA, Sickle Cell, HIV

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Elderly - pain out of proportion to exam

Think mesenteric ischemia

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Stimulants w/ abdominal pain (stimulants are vasoconstrictors)

Think mesenteric ischemia

8

Abd pain, hypotension, tachy, pale, syncope

think

hemorrhagic
AAA
Massive GI bleeds
hemorrhagic pancreatitis
eroding tumors
massive bleeding in pregnancy

9

Testicular torsion

Testicle pain, abd/flank pain (referred)
Doppler ULS

refer to a urologist

10

ddx for all female pelvic pain

i. In DDx for all female pelvic pain
ii. +/- Ovarian cyst hx
iii. Formal ULS for flow, upreg

11

Ischemic colitis - General Surgeon

Hx Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis
ii. Fever, WBC’s/lactate up, +/- peritoneal; CT for dx

12

incarcerated vs strangulate

Can’t reduce incarcerated

skin over the hernia is hot, red, and hurts to the touch, fever; WBC’s, lactate up

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Mesenteric ischemia

can be

SMA or IMA

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mesenteric ischemia presentation

Pain out of proportion to exam – severe tenderness but soft abd, non-peritoneal
N/V/D, bloody BM, hx pain after eating

15

labs seen with mesenteric ischemia

Metabolic acidosis, high WBC’s, lactic acid, amylase; hypotension, tachycardia

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dx mesenteric ischemia

CT angiography for dx



IV fluids, antibiotics, surgical consult
Time to surgery predictor of survival

17

different presentation with elderly

Mesenteric Ischemia
AAA
Appendicitis
Acute Cholecystitis
Perforated Peptic Ulcer


20-40% of elderly w/ abdominal pain will require surgery!

>60yo + Abd Pain = High Risk patient

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Small Bowel Obstruction

Intermittent, crampy, periumbilical
Rapid, not sudden onset - hours

Intermittent, crampy, periumbilical
Rapid, not sudden onset - hours

Distention, diffusely tender, “tinkling” bowel sounds

Dehydration, low grade temp, tachy/tachy, +/- hypotension

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Intermittent, crampy, periumbilical
Rapid, not sudden onset - hours

first orders and second orders

IV fluids, pain control, antiemetic, belly labs, lactic acid, EKG, CXR-KUB


Dehydration, low grade temp, tachy/tachy, +/- hypotension

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Bowel Obstruction

functional

Ileus - adynamic/paralytic; bowel stops functioning due to infection, irritation, inflammation -->
Search for the cause and fix it
Distention both large/small bowel
“Sentinal Loop” can be seen in both

21

Mechanical

Obstruction, compression, rotation

Usually needs surgical intervention

22

sentinal loops

is a sign seen on a radiograph that indicates localized ileus from nearby inflammation.

functional;

23

MCC of LBO

CA

24

Labs that would indicate necrosis in a pt owth LBO

Fever, toxic, WBC’s or high lactate = worrisome for necrosis

25

Ogilvie’s Syndrome)

Distended large bowel but not obstructed

Think tricyclics, anticholenergic agents

in old people

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Elderly, bedridden, psych, anticholinergics
Same presentation as LBO

Elderly, bedridden, psych, anticholinergics
Same presentation as LBO

think

volvulus

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MC site of a volvulus

Sigmoid (most common)

cecal


CT AP IV contrast for dx and for location
Antibiotics, surgical consult

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Pneumoperitoneum

Perforated viscous: air, bowel contents escape – air rises, see it under diaphragm
Rapid onset, constant, epigastric then generalized pain
Vomiting; fever 50%; tachy/tachy

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RF for pneumoperitoneum

Hx PUD/gastritis, NSAIDS, steroids. CXR negative in 50%! Get CT

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51yo male, epigastric pain

WBC 17k,
Lactate 3.0