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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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1
From the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
2
Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Edmond and Lily Safra Children's Hospital, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer.
3
Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Abstract

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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