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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2020 Feb 1. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000002014. [Epub ahead of print]

Using Point-of-Care Ultrasound to Characterize Acute Inguinal Swelling of Young Children in the Pediatric Emergency Department.

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From the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Edmond and Lily Safra Children's Hospital, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer.
Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.


Acute inguinal swelling in young children is frequently assumed to be an inguinal hernia, often prompting a bedside reduction attempt. We report 3 cases of inguinal swelling where the use of point-of-care ultrasound changed the patients' management by identifying an alternate diagnosis, thus avoiding unnecessary and painful procedures as well as their associated sedation risks.

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