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Point-of-Care Ultrasound Facilitates Bedside Diagnosis of Appendicitis With an Appendicolith in a Pediatric Patient

Pade, Kathryn H., MD

Section Editor(s): Deanehan, J. Kate MD, RDMS; Associate Editor

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001654
Ultrasound Case Review

A previously healthy 5-year-old boy presented to the emergency department with a history of tactile fevers, cough, congestion, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain. He had diffuse abdominal pain on examination and pain with ambulation. Emergency point-of-care ultrasound was used to diagnose appendicitis with an appendicolith. The diagnosis was confirmed by a radiology-performed ultrasound, and he was taken to the operating room for an appendectomy.

From the Division of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA.

Disclosure: The author declares no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Kathryn H. Pade, MD, Division of Emergency, Medicine Stanford Hospital, 900 Welch Rd, Suite 350 Stanford, CA 94304 (e-mail:

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