Abdominal Pain in Children

Jennifer R. Marin*, Elizabeth R. Alpern

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abdominal pain is one of the most common reasons pediatric patients seek emergency care. The emergency physician must be able to distinguish diagnoses requiring immediate attention from self-limiting processes. Pediatric patients can be challenging, particularly those who are preverbal, and therefore, the clinician must rely on a detailed history from a parent or caregiver as well as a careful physical examination in order to narrow the differential diagnosis. This article highlights several pediatric diagnoses presenting as abdominal pain, including surgical emergencies, nonsurgical diagnoses, and extraabdominal processes, and reviews the clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, and management of each.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-428
Number of pages28
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2011


  • Abdominal pain
  • Children
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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