Abdominal pain is one of the most common reasons people seek emergency department care at Cayuga Medical Center.

Most abdominal aches, while often painful, are not high-risk medical issues and can be treated on an outpatient basis. But some abdominal aches signal a life-threatening condition requiring hospitalization. That broad range of health conditions related to abdominal aches makes it difficult for patients to decide if they need to make an appointment with their physician, go to a hospital for emergency care or take an antacid.

When abdominal pain strikes, the conditions many people worry about are gastritis, appendicitis, kidney stones, gallbladder disease, ulcers, infections and pregnancy-associated…