Abdominal Wall Pain Differential Diagnoses
The following is the differential diagnosis for abdominal wall pain, i.e. suggested by a positive Carnett Sign. These are not in order of frequency as this is unknown.
- Anterior Cutaneous Nerve Entrapment (rectus nerve entrapment)
- Thoracic Lateral Cutaneous Nerve Entrapment
- Ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerve entrapment
- Endometriosis (in abdominal wall scar)
- Diabetic radiculopathy
- Abdominal wall tear and intra-abdominal wall adhesions
- Abdominal wall hematoma
- Spontaneous rectus sheath hematoma
- Desmoid tumor
- Herpes zoster
- Spinal nerve irritation
- Slipping rib syndrome
- Idiopathic myofascial pain
- ↑ Suleiman S, Johnston DE. The abdominal wall: an overlooked source of pain. Am Fam Physician. 2001;64(3):431-438.