<< A Systematic Approach To The Evaluation Of Acute Unexplained Crying In Infants In The Emergency Department

Differential Diagnosis

The global differential diagnosis for crying as a chief complaint is extensive and involves every organ system. (See Table 1.) This comprehensive list would be difficult to consider for every crying infant who presents to the ED. The workup would be stress-inducing for parents and clinicians, costly, and, for most infants, unnecessary.

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