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

Etiology And Pathophysiology

Epidemiology Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in children aged > 1 year. In all age groups, MVCs are the most common cause of death.Injury is also a major source of morbidity, with an estimated 11.9 million injury-related ED visits for children and adolescents in the United States between 2009 and 2010. This represents approximately 35% of all ED visits by children and adolescents during that time period.Unintentional falls are the most common mechanism of nonfatal injury in children aged < 15 years.Blunt abdominal trauma is the third most common cause of pediatric trauma deaths, but is the most common unrecognized fatal injury.9

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