AIM: To compare the effect of an initial early computed tomography (CT) examination versus standard practice (SP) on the length of hospital stay, diagnostic accuracy, and mortality of adults presenting with acute abdominal pain. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred and five adults presenting with acute abdominal pain were randomized to undergo an early CT examination or current SP, which comprised supine abdominal and erect chest radiography. One hundred and ninety-eight patients (99 in each ar...Expand abstract
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A randomized, controlled trial of routine early abdominal computed tomography in patients presenting with non-specific acute abdominal pain.
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