Pediatric Abdominal Pain

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.

Key points

  • Avoid diagnostic momentum, especially when evaluating functional constipation and functional gastrointestinal disorders.

  • Bilious vomiting in a neonate is a surgical emergency until proven otherwise.

  • Always consider gonadal torsion in a child with lower abdominal pain.

  • Do not overlook the potential for psychosocial causes of abdominal pain.

  • Constipation is not an innocuous condition.

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Dec 14, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pediatric Abdominal Pain
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