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Abdominal pain: a diagnostic challenge
  1. Lauren Elizabeth Thomson1,
  2. Asif Naveed2
  1. 1Critical Care Unit, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry, UK
  2. 2Department of Accident and Emergency, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lauren Elizabeth Thomson, 145 Borough Way, Nuneaton, CV11 5JD; lauren.thomson1{at}nhs.net

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CLINICAL INTRODUCTION

An elderly patient presented to the emergency department from a care home after the patient had a brief loss of consciousness and had vomited three times, non-bilious in nature. The patient had a recent history of diarrhoea (1 week) for which they were given loperamide. The patient also had a past medical history including a dense left hemiparesis and dementia. No history was obtainable history due to advanced dementia. Exam findings were a mildly tender …

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