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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2016 May;34(2):341-61. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2015.12.010.

Pediatric Abdominal Pain: An Emergency Medicine Perspective.

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1
Department of Emergency Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center, 1000 Blythe Boulevard, MEB Floor 3, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA. Electronic address: jeremiah.smith@carolinashealthcare.org.
2
Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Department of Emergency Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center, 1000 Blythe Boulevard, MEB Floor 3, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA.

Abstract

Abdominal pain is a common complaint that leads to pediatric patients seeking emergency care. The emergency care provider has the arduous task of determining which child likely has a benign cause and not missing the devastating condition that needs emergent attention. This article reviews common benign causes of abdominal pain as well as some of the cannot-miss emergent causes.

KEYWORDS:

Appendicitis; Functional constipation; Functional gastrointestinal disorder; Gonadal torsion; Incarcerated inguinal hernia; Necrotizing enterocolitis; Pyloric stenosis

PMID:
27133248
DOI:
10.1016/j.emc.2015.12.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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