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Indian J Radiol Imaging. 2014 Apr;24(2):163-70. doi: 10.4103/0971-3026.134404.

Sonography of acute appendicitis and its mimics in children.

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Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, 510 South Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis MO 63110, USA.


The diagnosis of acute right lower quadrant pain in a pediatric population is challenging. Acute appendicitis is the most common cause of an acute surgical abdomen. The common mimics of acute appendicitis are acute gastrointestinal and gynecologic diseases. This article reviews the sonographic findings of the spectrum of common acute abdominal emergencies in children with a focus on imaging clues to a specific diagnosis. This awareness can impact on diagnostic accuracy and impact patient management.


Appendicitis; pediatric; sonography

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