<< Pediatric Blunt Abdominal Trauma In The Emergency Department: Evidence-Based Management Techniques (Trauma CME)


Trauma remains the leading cause of childhood death and disability in children aged > 1 year.1 While head and thoracic trauma account for most death and disability in children, abdominal injuries constitute the most common unrecognized cause of death.2 Blunt injury accounts for 90% of abdominal trauma in children.2 Common mechanisms include motor vehicle crashes (MVCs), falls, pedestrian injuries, bicycle and sports-related injuries, and nonaccidental trauma (NAT). Penetrating injuries are much less common in children than in adults.2

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