Oxidative Stress Associated With Acute Abdominal Pain Severity

03/22/2002
By Mark Greener

Oxidative stress is associated with the severity of acute abdominal pain among patients presenting to an emergency department.

Increasing evidence indicates that markers of oxidative stress might aid the evaluation of some abdominal conditions. To extend these findings, researchers from the National Cheng Kung University Medical College, Taiwan, enrolled 128 people experiencing acute abdominal pain who presented to the emergency department.

Compared to healthy controls, serum from patients presenting with acute abdominal pain showed lower total antioxidant capacity. Moreover, patients suffering acute abdominal pain expressed higher serum malondialdehyde levels than did controls.

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