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OBJECTIVE Acute appendicitis is an uncommon diagnosis in early childhood. It is frequently complicated by delays in diagnosis, perforation, and prolonged hospital stay. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of ultrasonography (US) in the management of suspected appendicitis in children younger than 3 years of age. PATIENTS AND METHODS(More)
AIM To identify clinical, laboratory, and imaging characteristics associated with severe acute pancreatitis in children. METHODS This was a retrospective study of children under 18 years of age with acute pancreatitis between September 1993 and August 2008. Severity of pancreatitis was graded according to established criteria. Clinical, laboratory and(More)
A 5-year-old boy with Clostridium septicum enterocolitis presented with severe right lower abdominal pain. On the day after admission, shock, neutropenia and pneumoperitoneum prompted a laparotomy. Gangrene of the ileum and colon was identified, associated with a fatal Clostridium septicum infection.
Vomiting and abdominal pain are common pediatric complaints encountered by emergency physicians. The differential diagnosis of abdominal pain is extensive. Herein, we report 2 cases with fatal myocarditis who initially presented with abdominal pain and vomiting. Both cases were presented with abdominal pain, vomiting, and loose stools. On arrival at our(More)
OBJECTIVES Adnexal torsion is an acute abdominal condition often confused with other diseases in children. The objective of this study is to evaluate the diagnosis and characteristics of adnexal torsion in children. METHODS We reviewed the medical records of all cases of children whose adnexal torsion diagnosis was proven by surgery from 1992 to 2005.(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to evaluate the characteristics, management, and outcomes of disc battery ingestion in children. METHODS We reviewed the medical records of children aged between 1 and 15 years old admitted to Chang Gung Children's Hospital due to disc battery ingestion from September 1997 through July 2003). The diagnosis of disc(More)
BACKGROUND To identify clinical features that distinguish children with appendicitis who visited the emergency department twice or more from those diagnosed on the first visit to the emergency department. METHODS A retrospective review of all children with appendicitis diagnosed in the emergency department between January and December 2004 was conducted.(More)
BACKGROUND Although ultrasound is often the preferred pediatric imaging modality for the evaluation of intussusception in children, many institutions lack access to ultrasound at night. This study characterized the day- and nighttime use of radiographic imaging for evaluation of intussusception. METHODS The charts of pediatric patients evaluated for(More)
BACKGROUND Intussusception is the common acute abdomen in children with difficult clinical diagnosis. The routine ultrasound has recently been proposed as the initial diagnostic modality with high accuracy, but is not available for 24 h by gastroenterologists. We aimed to evaluate the validation of bedside ultrasound for intussusceptions performed by(More)