Abdominal Pain

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Abdominal pain is a common symptom, which can be associated with many different health conditions.

It is one of the most common reasons for being referred to a gastrointestinal specialist.

Abdominal pain can be either acute (short-term pain that comes on suddenly) or chronic (long-term.)

Abdominal pain may be associated with other symptoms caused by gastrointestinal problems; for example, distension may be related to irritable bowel syndrome.

Acute Abdominal Pain

If abdominal pain is severe, urgent investigations are usually carried out at an Accident and Emergency department. Tests may include blood tests, X-rays, scans and endoscopy. The treatment pathway will then be defined by the results of the test and the diagnosis.

Chronic Abdominal Pain

Chronic abdominal pain is a common reason for seeing a specialist, and if you experience persistent abdominal pain, you may be advised to have tests, which may include blood tests, ultrasound scans, a CT scan or an MRI scan. If there has been a change in bowel habit, a colonoscopy may be carried out. If doctors suspect that pain is associated with the upper gastrointestinal tract, a gastroscopy may also be ordered.

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From well-equipped and convenient locations across West and central London, Devinder and his expert team provide unparalleled quality of care for the full range of GIT-related conditions.