- OK if chief complaint is “diarrhea,” & there’s a pain component
- BEWARE if there’s prominent nausea/vomiting with pain (N/V suggest visceral origin)
- If acute & persistent vomiting begins before the pain, Staphylococcal “food poisoning” is likely (duration <8 hours)
- If pain begins first, before the vomiting, strongly suspect a culprit organ (gall bladder, pancreas, appendix, pyelo, etc.)
See posting Abdominal Pain – 1.