Missed appendicitis and medical liability

Sally L Reynolds*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abdominal pain is a common complaint in a pediatric emergency department. Making the diagnosis of appendicitis in a child can be very challenging. This article will review the literature concerning missed appendicitis and liability. The appropriate documentation of history and physical findings in a patient with possible appendicitis will be reviewed. These suggestions will hopefully improve your documentation and therefore the chances of a successful defense in the event of a lawsuit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-234
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine

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