Diagnosis of Abdominal Pain: The Four Quadrants


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A patient is complaining of pain in her upper abdomen. Which of the following disorders does this patient LIKELY have?

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1. A patient complains of having pain in his right upper quadrant. Which of the following disorders does this patient LIKELY have?

2. Which of the following is an example of referred pain?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

See what you know about diagnosing abdominal pain by considering in which quadrant of the body it's located. This quiz will provide you with sample patient scenarios, and you'll need to make a diagnosis based on a multiple-choice list of options.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Challenge yourself by diagnosing the following symptoms:

  • Upper abdomen pain in an alcoholic patient
  • Right upper quadrant pain in an obese patient
  • Abdominal pain in a patient coughing up phlegm
  • Abdominal pain and diarrhea in an otherwise healthy patient who ate some suspect meat
  • Pain moving from the belly button to the lower right quadrant
  • Lower left abdominal pain in an elderly patient
  • Lower right abdominal pain in a young woman

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on diagnosing abdominal pain
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the potential causes of pain in the various abdominal regions and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about organs likely involved in right upper and lower quadrant pain

Additional Learning

For a closer look at abdominal pain and what it may indicate, review the corresponding lesson, which is called Diagnosis of Abdominal Pain: The Four Quadrants. This lesson will help you:

  • Know how to divide the abdomen into quadrants
  • Review the potential causes of pain in the right and left and upper and lower quadrants
  • Define periumbilical
  • Understand what pyelonephritis is