A hypertensive emergency occurs when end-organ damage occurs during a sudden rise in blood pressure. Abdominal pain may occur if intra-abdominal end-organs are affected.


Patient selection: hypertensive crisis


Potential sources of abdominal pain include:

(1) acute pancreatitis

(2) intestinal infarction

(3) acute gastrointestinal bleeding

(4) hemorrhage into the adrenal glands

(5) dissection or expansion of an aortic aneurysm


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