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Acute Back Pain in Adults and Children: Evidence-Based Emergency Imaging

  • Page I. WangEmail author
  • Pia C. Sundgren
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Part of the Evidence-Based Imaging book series (Evidence-Based Imag.)

Abstract

Acute back pain is a common problem which is frequently seen in emergency rooms. The goal of this chapter is to summarize the available data regarding appropriate imaging for common causes of acute back pain in pediatric and adult patients. Acute back pain in adults and children may be due to a myriad of causes, such as trauma, osteopenic fractures, disk herniation, spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis, cancer, and underlying infectious disease. Acute back pain in children may be due to spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis (most common), infection, and cancer, and a definitive diagnosis is not always found.

Keywords

Acute back pain CT MRI with contrast Emergency imaging Trauma Osteopenic fractures Disk herniation Spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis Cancer Underlying infectious disease Evidence-based imaging 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alta Vista RadiologyParadise ValleyUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Clinical Sciences, RadiologyLund University, Skåne University HospitalLundSweden

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