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Ugeskr Laeger. 2011 Nov 14;173(46):2962-3.

[Traumatic duodenal perforation in a 16 month-old girl].

[Article in Danish]

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B√łrneafdelingen, Aarhus Universitetshospital, Skejby, Brendstrupg√•rdsvej 100, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.


Duodenal injury following a blunt abdominal trauma is a rare condition. It poses a diagnostic challenge since symptoms are often subtle in the beginning and the trauma may initially remain undisclosed. We present a case of a 16 month-old girl, who was admitted to hospital due to critical illness after a tumble the day before. An explorative laparotomy revealed a perforation of the duodenum. This case demonstrates the importance of thoroughly evaluating anamnesis information and emphasises the need of considering a variety of potential diagnoses when assessing the critically ill child.

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