Drainage Procedures in Children
Image-guided drainage is a common procedure in a pediatric interventional radiology practice and the treatment of choice for many conditions. As in adult practice, both primary and postoperative fluid collections have been successfully treated by image-guided techniques resulting in improved patient care. Drainage can be performed in almost any organ system. While the techniques in children are similar to those in adults, there are several important differences. The etiologies of abscesses and fluid collections may be different. Radiation protection is paramount in the pediatric population requiring alteration of both imaging and technique. Children have different sedation and anesthetic requirements. In addition, children may be much smaller than adults. This has both advantages and disadvantages and may require/allow for alteration of the procedural techniques.
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