Study IDs factors in evaluating children with abdominal injuries

02/3/2013 | HealthDay News

Children being evaluated for abdominal injuries who showed no signs of trauma on the abdomen or chest, neurological changes, abdominal pain or tenderness, abnormal breathing, or vomiting require abdominal CT scans in just 0.1% of cases, a study found. Researchers assessed more than 12,000 pediatric patients with abdominal trauma and found that CT scans offered little useful information about a patient's condition in most cases. The findings appear in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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