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


The disposition of the hemodynamically unstable patient with blunt abdominal trauma who does not respond to initial resuscitation efforts is straightforward. The child will be immediately taken to the operating room for laparotomy.15 Any hemodynamically stable patient with a documented intra-abdominal injury will likely be admitted, and most will undergo nonoperative management. 15 However, variation in management still exists in the case of an asymptomatic patient with minor CT findings.143

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