Ultrasound in the acute pediatric abdomen: How accurate is it for surgical conditions?

Sandra M. Allbery, Sandra W. McNees, Leonard E. Swischuk, Susan D. John

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The ultrasonographic and clinical findings in 295 consecutive patients undergoing ultrasound evaluation for adbominal complaints were retrospectively reviewed. The objective of the study was to determine the accuracy and validity of ultrasound in differentiating surgical from nonsurgical acute abdominal conditions. Our results demonstrated that ultrasound was 95% accurate in detecting surgical conditions. As a result, ultrasound is recommended as a satisfactory imaging modality for differentiating acute surgical from nonsurgical abdominal problems in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-104
Number of pages3
JournalEmergency Radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute abdomen
  • Children
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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