Definition of acute abdomen in English:

acute abdomen


  • A condition of severe abdominal pain, usually requiring emergency surgery, caused by acute disease of or injury to the internal organs:

    [count noun] ‘acute appendicitis is the most common cause of an acute abdomen requiring surgery’
    • ‘The clinical presentation in all cases was one of an acute abdomen suggestive of appendicitis, resulting in appendectomy as a primary procedure.’
    • ‘Patients with the diffuse form of phlegmonous gastritis often present with symptoms of acute abdomen, including intense epigastric pain, guarding, nausea and vomiting, fever, and increased white blood cell counts.’
    • ‘Acute pancreatitis should always be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients with acute abdomen.’
    • ‘Wolfe and associates examined the current practice patterns of analgesia administration among emergency department physicians when caring for a patient with an acute abdomen.’
    • ‘This patient had overt symptoms of acute abdomen, unlike the four previously mentioned cases.’