Anesthetic and Critical Care Considerations in Children with Abdominal Trauma
Unrecognized abdominal trauma is a common unrecognized life-threatening emergency on pediatric age group. As compared to adults, children have large solid organs; they have low subcutaneous fat and have no significantly low abdominal muscle mass to protect. Solid organ injuries are common in children due to blunt and penetrating trauma. Blunt trauma causes injury to solid organs such as the liver and spleen. The potentially life-threatening injuries are real challenge to the attending anesthesiologist as the children are not only anatomically and physiologically different from adult but also psychologically more difficult to deal with [1, 2].
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