Abdomen Pain in Children

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Abdomen Pain in Children

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Evaluation of abdominal pain in children

A comprehensive differential diagnosis of abdominal pain in children of all ages can be soporific even for the insomniac. In this section we discuss a short list of critical diagnoses that should be considered. A comprehensive list is so ponderous as to be practically useless for an ED evaluation.

The diagnoses of most concern are those that require operative intervention. The three most common surgical conditions are appendicitis, incarcerated inguinal hernia, and intussusception.

When developing a differential diagnosis, consider the child's age. For example, intussusception is most commonly seen in children between 4 and 10 months of age, but almost never in adolescents.


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