Diagnose it Yourself – DIY – Abdominal Pain

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You are the Intern / Foundation Doctor / Junior doctory person on duty in the Accident & Emergency Department. Its the middle of the night. You are tired. The vending machine has run out of red bull and you forgot to bring ‘lunch’.
A 7 year old boy presents at 01:00 with right sided lower abdominal pain.
Mum tells you that he complained of some mild RLQ pain yesterday but he otherwise has been himself. He played football after school.

He went to bed at his usual time, but then awoke at 23:00 with worsening pain. He has intermittently been sleeping since.

He has not vomited or had any diarrhoea. He was eating and drinking as normal throughout the day.
He hasn’t had any urinary symptoms.

His observations are unremarkable. He doesn’t have a fever. His BP is normal.
His abdomen is soft and mostly non-tender, however there is a tenderness in the right inguinal region. There is a small (about 2cm) smooth, firm, round mass in the inguinal region which is moderately tender.

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Dr Tom Leach

Dr Tom Leach MBChB DCH EMCert(ACEM) FRACGP currently works as a GP and an Emergency Department CMO in Australia. He is also a Clinical Associate Lecturer at the Australian National University, and is studying for a Masters of Sports Medicine at the University of Queensland. After graduating from his medical degree at the University of Manchester in 2011, Tom completed his Foundation Training at Bolton Royal Hospital, before moving to Australia in 2013. He started almostadoctor whilst a third year medical student in 2009. Read full bio

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  1. fran

    Awesome 🙂

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