Children frequently complain of abdominal pain. However, as young children find it more difficult to localize pain than adults, it is important not to confine one’s attention to the abdomen, but to consider the whole child. It is then possible to decide whether the source of pain is within or outside the abdomen. Extensive lists can be made of the possible causes of acute abdominal pain in children but these tend to confuse the situation by burying the common among the obscure. A more pragmatic approach will be adopted in this chapter. Some of the more common causes are listed in Figure 1.
KeywordsInguinal Hernia Barium Enema Anal Fissure Diabetic Ketoacidosis Acute Abdominal Pain
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