Vital Signs: One Problem, Many Faces

A sharp abdominal pain indicates something far more dire than a routine stomachache.

By Tony Dajer|Saturday, February 19, 2011
“Belly pain for … a year?” I sputtered. It was the end of his shift, and Vince, the attending physician, was signing out patients. He shrugged at me. “He’s been in jail for six months. Maybe they thought he was malingering. The odd thing is, I did feel a tender mass on the right.” I glanced at the young African American man on the stretcher. The handcuffs and two guards with him did, admittedly, lower the odds that he was experiencing a real disease. Prisoners are notorious for weaseling day pas...

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