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  1. Fritz, Deborah PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
  2. Weilitz, Pamela Becker DNP, APRN, ANP-BC


Abdominal pain is one of the most common complaints by patients, and assessment of abdominal pain and associated symptoms can be challenging for home healthcare providers. Reasons for abdominal pain are related to inflammation, organ distention, and ischemia. The history and physical examination are important to narrow the source of acute or chronic problems, identify immediate interventions, and when necessary, facilitate emergency department care.