Liver Trauma

  • Khalid SharifEmail author


Liver trauma accounts for nearly 30% of abdominal organ injuries in children. Common causes include road traffic accidents, handle bar injuries in bicycle riders and other severe blows to the abdomen e.g. sports injuries, child abuse, penetrating abdominal injuries. Conservative management is the mainstay of therapy for haemodynamically stable children, bile leak, pseudoaneurysm should be pre-emptively diagnosed and managed to avoid serious morbidity and mortality.

Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Liver UnitBirmingham Women’s and Children’s HospitalBirminghamUK

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