Abdominal and pelvic trauma in children

Barbara A. Gaines, Henri R. Ford

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Trauma is the leading cause of death and disability in children. More than 90% of pediatric trauma admissions are the result of a blunt mechanism. Although injury to the abdomen and pelvis account for only 10% of injuries sustained by victims of pediatric trauma, they can be potentially life threatening. Optimal evaluation of the injured child may require the use of multiple diagnostic modalities. The spleen is the most frequently injured intra-abdominal organ, followed by the liver, intestine, and pancreas. Fortunately, the majority of injuries to the spleen and liver can be treated nonoperatively. Conversely, injuries involving the intestine and pancreas often require operative intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S416-S423
JournalCritical care medicine
Issue number11 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Nov 1 2002
Externally publishedYes



  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Pelvis
  • Small intestine
  • Spleen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Gaines, B. A., & Ford, H. R. (2002). Abdominal and pelvic trauma in children. Critical care medicine, 30(11 SUPPL.), S416-S423.