Abdominal pain is one of the most frequent reasons that elderly people visit the emergency department (ED). In this article, we review the deadliest causes of abdominal pain in this population, including mesenteric ischemia, abdominal aortic aneurysm, and appendicitis and potentially lethal non-abdominal causes. We also highlight the pitfalls in diagnosing, or rather misdiagnosing, these clinical entities.
Spangler, R., Van Pham, T., Khoujah, D., & Martinez, J. P. (2014). Abdominal emergencies in the geriatric patient. International Journal of Emergency Medicine. Springer London. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12245-014-0043-2