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Abdominal Pain in Adults (cont.)

Abdominal Pain in Adults Prognosis

Overall, many types of pain go away without surgery, and most people need only relief from their symptoms.

Medical causes of abdominal pain generally have a good outcome, but there are exceptions.

Surgical causes of abdominal pain have varying outcomes depending on the severity of the condition and the person's underlying medical condition.

  • If the patient has uncomplicated appendicitis or uncomplicated gallstones, they should recover from the surgery with no long-term problems.
  • If the patient has a ruptured appendix or infected gallbladder, recovery may take longer.
  • Abdominal pain from a perforated ulcer or blocked bowel may mean major surgery and a long recovery.

For problems with a major blood vessel, such as rupture or blood clot, the prognosis may be less than desirable.

In general, the older the patient and the more underlying conditions the patient has, the worse the outcome of a surgical intervention.

Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine


Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/4/2015

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