Journal Club: Physically abused children should be screened for occult abdominal trauma

An examination of the charts of 244 children evaluated for physical abuse in an urban hospital showed that about one-fifth of the patients had 1 or more screening tests for occult abdominal trauma.

An examination of the charts of 244 children evaluated for physical abuse in an urban hospital showed that about one-fifth of the patients had 1 or more screening tests for occult abdominal trauma. Screening results were positive in 21 (41%) of these 51 children, representing 9% of all the abused children in the study (Lane WG, et al. Pediatrics. 2009;124[6]:1595-1602).