Pediatr Gastroenterol Hepatol Nutr.  2013 Dec;16(4):219-224.

Acute Abdominal Pain in Children

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Ulsan University Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Ulsan, Korea.


Acute abdominal pain is a common complaint in childhood, and it can be caused by a wide range of underlying surgical and non-surgical conditions. The most common non-surgical condition is gastroenteritis, while the most common surgical condition is appendicitis. Abdominal pain in children varies with age, associated symptoms, and pain location. Although acute abdominal pain is usually benign and self-limiting, there are uncommon but life-threatening conditions that require urgent care. Meticulous history taking and physical examinations are essential to determine the cause of acute abdominal pain and to identify children with surgical conditions such as appendicitis.


Abdominal pain; Acute abdominal; Appendicitis; Child

MeSH Terms

Abdominal Pain*
Ambulatory Care
Physical Examination


  • Fig. 1 Algorithmic approach to the children with acute abdominal pain requiring urgent management. RLQ: right lower quadrant, RUQ: right upper quadrant, US: ultrasonography, CT: computed tomography, CBC: complete blood count, UA: urinalysis, AST: aspartate aminotransferase, ALT: alanine aminotransferase, GGT: γ-glutamyltransferase.


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