Blunt Abdominal Trauma Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Mar 30, 2022
  • Author: Eric L Legome, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Identification of intra-abdominal injuries can be challenging. Common pitfalls in diagnosis include the following:

  • Failure to suspect intra-abdominal injury from appropriate mechanisms

  • Failure to evaluate abdominal/flank/costal margin pain after blunt abdominal injury

  • Failure to obtain timely surgical consultation and operative intervention

  • Failure to recognize intra-abdominal hemorrhage and delay operation for additional diagnostic testing in the face of hemodynamic compromise

Differential Diagnoses