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IJMDC. 2020; 4(12): 2194-2201

Evaluation of abdominal pain among adult population in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

Fatimah Sami Albattat, Zainab Mohammed Al-Omran, Batla Sami Albattat, Zahra Wasel Alismail, Zainab Tariq Alramadhan, Huda Khalifah Alradhi.


Background: Abdominal pain is a common condition that can vary from a simple acute condition to an indication of more severe disease. The etiology of abdominal pain should always be investigated accordingly. The current study aimed to evaluate the description of abdominal pain among adults living in the Al-Ahsa region, Saudi Arabia.
Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted that involved residents of the Al-Ahsa region in Saudi Arabia. The study was conducted using an online Arabic version of the abdominal symptoms questionnaire to explore the description of abdominal pain among adults in the Al-Ahsa region. The questionnaire included demographic variables and questions about abdominal symptoms within the last months. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 22.0.
Results: A total of 463 participants responded to the questionnaire. Among the participants, 86.8% were females, and 47.1% of the responders were in the age group between 20 and 30. Among the participants, 32.2% had abdominal pain once a month, while 5% had abdominal pain daily. About one-third of the responders (37.8%) had abdominal pain for the first time more than one year ago, whereas 40.2% had abdominal pain because of
menstruation. The most significant factors associated with increased frequency of abdominal pain were female gender (p value

Key words: abdominal pain, adults, Saudi Arabia

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