NASA syndrome

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NASA syndrome

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A popular term for an acute abdomen which has been examined by a surgeon, who deems surgery unnecessary, and punts the case back (“turfs”) to the medical team for a diagnostic work-up and management. 

Synonym Not a surgical abdomen syndrome 

Reference JAMA 1992; 267:2330, 268:2030c

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