What is included in patient education about abdominal exam?

Updated: Dec 02, 2020
  • Author: Simon S Rabinowitz, MD, PhD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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The provider should explain thoroughly the importance of all of the therapeutic interventions that are offered to maximize the likelihood of full compliance and the resolution of the symptoms. For chronic problems, the long-term commitment to adhere to the therapeutic program, including ethanol abstinence for hepatitis and pancreatitis, avoidance of NSAIDs for acid peptic disease, compliance with pharmacologic regimens for inflammatory bowel disease, and a high-fiber diet for constipation, are the final steps in a successful therapeutic abdominal examination.


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