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J R Soc Med. 1989 June; 82(6): 343–344.
PMCID: PMC1292165

Recognition and treatment of abdominal wall pain.

Abstract

In some patients with abdominal pain, the source of the pain may be the abdominal wall. A simple test is described which allows these patients to be identified and treated with injections of local anaesthetic and steroid. Twenty-six patients were studied, 20 of whom were available for follow-up. Sixteen of these 20 were symptom free or improved at a median follow-up period of 29 months. Failure to recognize abdominal wall pain may lead to unnecessary investigation.

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