Hypogastric Pain - Differential Diagnoses

How would one approach a patient who complains of pain in the hypogastric region?

I came across one who also suffered from constipation and so immediately (possibly wrongly) put it down to side-effects of their laxatives (lactulose, previously laxido).

I understand an abdominal examination must be performed but are there any other tests that would be useful? Besides asking about weight loss/lethargy to screen for cancerous problems?

Authored By Jonathan Chernick on Tuesday 14th January 2014