Utilization of Imaging to Identify a Benign Condition Mimicking Acute Appendicitis in a Child.

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One of the most concerning causes of abdominal pain affecting children is acute appendicitis. However, there are benign conditions that can closely mimic appendicitis in children. In this article, we present a case of a child admitted for possible acute appendicitis and determined to have a condition known as omental infarction. The patient was managed medically and made a full recovery without surgical intervention. The aim of this case report is to review omental infarction and present a way of differentiating this disease from appendicitis, utilizing imaging, with the goal of avoiding surgical intervention. We also discuss the presentation and imaging findings of and another closely related condition-epiploic appendagitis. It is important to differentiate appendicitis from these 2 conditions as they can be often managed medically without surgical intervention.





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Phalke, Neelam, Zubin Mehta and Samrat Das (2018). Utilization of Imaging to Identify a Benign Condition Mimicking Acute Appendicitis in a Child. Journal of investigative medicine high impact case reports, 6. p. 2324709618797989. 10.1177/2324709618797989 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/17430.

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Samrat Umasankar Das

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

My interests include pediatric hospital medicine, graduate and undergraduate medical education, inter professional education, simulation education and observational studies to improve clinical practice in the area of inpatient pediatrics.

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