Acute Pelvic Pain, Initial Management, Gynaecology

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Pelvic pain is a common reason for women to present as an emergency to Gynaecology. Symptoms of pelvic or abdominal pain have significant overlap with symptoms of non-gynaecological conditions such as appendicitis. Liaison with other specialities may therefore be appropriate. Other specialities may not recognise atypical presentations of ectopic pregnancy and all women of reproductive age who present with abdominal or pelvic pain should have pregnancy testing performed.

Some women will require hospitalisation for assessment due to the severity of their symptoms. However where a patient is clinically stable it may be more appropriate to offer urgent out-patient assessment within Early Pregnancy Assessment Units or an Emergency Gynaecology Service.

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