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Abdominal pain in the elderly could be due to a wide range of diseases. The most common ones that have to be kept in mind in order not to miss the diagnosis include ischemic events, emboli, cancers and diverticula. Ischemic events such as rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, mesenteric ischemia must be diagnosed as soon as possible as these conditions are medical emergencies if missed out can prove to be fatal. Other conditions include perforated peptic ulcer, biliary disorders, diverticulitis, strangulated hernia and carcinoma of the colon.
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