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1/26/2017 Blunt Abdominal Trauma Differential Diagnoses

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Blunt Abdominal Trauma Differential
Diagnoses
Updated: Mar 15, 2016
Author: Eric L Legome, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...

DDX

Diagnostic Considerations
Identification of intra­abdominal injuries can be challenging. Common pitfalls in diagnosis include
the following:

Failure to suspect intra­abdominal injury from appropriate mechanisms
Failure to evaluate abdominal/flank/costal margin pain after blunt abdominal injury
Failure to obtain timely surgical consultation and operative intervention
Failure to recognize intra­abdominal hemorrhage and delay operation for additional
diagnostic testing in the face of hemodynamic compromise

Differential Diagnoses
Domestic Violence

Hemorrhagic Stroke

Hypovolemic Shock

Lower Genitourinary Trauma

Penetrating Abdominal Trauma in Emergency Medicine

Pregnancy Trauma

Upper Genitourinary Trauma

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