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[Traumatic duodenal perforation in a 16 month-old girl].

Authors
  • Sellmer, Anna
  • Andersen, Lars Maagaard
  • Rubak, Sune
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ugeskrift for laeger
Publication Date
Nov 14, 2011
Volume
173
Issue
46
Pages
2962–2963
Identifiers
PMID: 22094220
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Duodenal injury following a blunt abdominal trauma is a rare condition. It poses a diagnostic challenge since symptoms are often subtle in the beginning and the trauma may initially remain undisclosed. We present a case of a 16 month-old girl, who was admitted to hospital due to critical illness after a tumble the day before. An explorative laparotomy revealed a perforation of the duodenum. This case demonstrates the importance of thoroughly evaluating anamnesis information and emphasises the need of considering a variety of potential diagnoses when assessing the critically ill child.

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