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Pediatric Hypertension and Hypertensive Emergencies: Recognition and Management in the Emergency Department

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  • The younger a child is, the greater the likelihood that the child’s hypertension is a result of a pathology (secondary hypertension).
  • Assume that any child aged < 6 years or any child with stage 2 hypertension has an underlying etiology that will need urgent evaluation.
  • Younger children with hypertension often present with altered mental status and coma, compared with older children who often present with headache and dizziness.
  • Ask about a history of prematurity and umbilical artery catheterizations, as both are known risk factors for hypertension.

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Authors

Emily MacNeill, MD

Peer Reviewed By

Richard M. Cantor, MD, FAAP, FACEP; Emily Rose, MD, FAAP, FAAEM, FACEP

Publication Date

March 2, 2019

Pub Med ID: 30794368

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