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Four patients, with a clinical picture suggesting the possibility of an acute surgical abdomen to the extent of prompting surgical consultation, were eventually diagnosed as having paralytic ileus and/or vomiting from antihypertensive drugs. Diagnosis of such side-effects depends on an awareness that the patients are receiving the drugs.
Furste W, Phelps D, Taylor P. ANTIHYPERTENSIVE DRUGS AS A CAUSE OF THE ACUTE ABDOMEN. JAMA. 1958;166(17):2111–2114. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990170009003
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