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Bedside Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Skull Fractures in the Pediatric Emergency Department

Ramirez-Schrempp, Daniela MD*; Vinci, Robert J. MD*; Liteplo, Andrew S. MD, RDMS

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e3182131579
Illustrative Cases

Bedside ultrasound has become a diagnostic tool that is commonly used in the emergency department. In trained hands, it can be used to diagnose multiple pathologies. In this case series, we describe the utility of ultrasound in diagnosing skull fractures in pediatric patients with scalp hematomas.

From the *Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center; and †Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Emergency Ultrasound, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Reprints: Daniela Ramirez-Schrempp, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center, 88 E Newton St, Vose 5, Boston, MA 02118 (e-mail:

The authors have no financial disclosures or conflicts of interest.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.