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

February 1, 2010

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).