Find out Locations of Stomach Pains, Nursing Mnemonic

It is very important for a Nurse to ask the patient where the stomach pain is located. Do not assume when the patient says that he/she has stomach pain that it is generalized pain in the stomach. The location of the stomach can provide an answer. Do not forget that it is the nurse’s job to assess the patient!

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Locations of Abdominal Pains

Top RightMiddle RightBottom Right
• Gallstones
• Stomach Ulcer
• Pancreatitis
• Kidney Stones
• Urine Infection
• Constipation
• Lumbar Hernia
• Appendicitis
• Constipation
• Pelvic Pain
• Groin Pain (Inguinal Hernia)
Top MiddleMiddleBottom Middle
• Stomach Ulcer
• Heartburn/Indigestion
• Pancreatitis, Gallstones
• Epigastric Hernia
• Pancreatitis
• Early Appendicitis
• Stomach Ulcer
• Inflammatory Bowel
• Small Bowel
• Umbilical Hernia
• Urine Infection
• Appendicitis
• Diverticular Disease
• Inflammatory Bowel
• Pelvic Pain
Top Left

• Stomach Ulcer
• Duodenal Ulcer
• Biliary Colic
• Pancreatitis
Middle Left

• Kidney Stones
• Diverticular Disease
• Constipation
• Inflammatory Bowel
Bottom Left

• Diverticular Disease
• Pelvic Pain
• Groin (Inguinal Hernia)

 

Common causes of acute abdominal pain

Diagnosis

%

Nonspecific abdominal pain

35

Acute appendicitis

30
Gall bladder disease 10
Gynaecological disorders 5
Intestinal obstruction 5
Perforated ulcer/dyspepsia 5
Renal colic 2
Urinary tract infection 2
Diverticular disease 2
Other diagnoses 4

 

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