Get a Jump on Diagnosis of Acute Abdomen in Children

July 6, 2009

A quick way to determine rebound tenderness and differentiate between an acute and a nonacute abdomen in a child is to ask the patient to jump up and down. Patients with nonacute abdominal pain will do this willingly. However, those with an acute abdomen will typically decline because of pain.

A quick way to determine rebound tenderness and differentiate between an acute and a nonacute abdomen in a child is to ask the patient to jump up and down. Patients with nonacute abdominal pain will do this willingly. However, those with an acute abdomen will typically decline because of pain.
 

       - Lance Holtry, DO
           El Dorado Hills, Calif

 

 

 

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