What is the role of an abdominal exam following surgery?

Updated: Dec 02, 2020
  • Author: Simon S Rabinowitz, MD, PhD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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After any abdominal surgery, serial physical examinations are mandatory to recognize the onset of complications. Although postoperative pain and analgesia are expected, subtle indicators of increasing pain or generalized peritoneal irritation should be sought in regular intervals. If discovered, early radiographic and laboratory investigations should be obtained to minimize morbidity and mortality.


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