Abdominal radiography in the emergency department: a prospective analysis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We present a prospective analysis of 100 consecutive abdominal radiographs of 96 emergency patients who were referred to radiology with a variety of abdominal complaints. In patients with diffuse, nonspecific abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or gastrointestinal bleeding, 98% of the radiographs were negative or had positive findings which were unrelated to the current clinical problem. Ninety-three percent of the positive radiographs that were related to the acute problem occurred in patients with renal colic; hematuria; ingestion of foreign bodies; previously known surgical conditions, such as incarcerated hernias; intra-abdominal metastatic carcinoma; fecal impaction; or true acute abdominal syndromes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McCook, TA; Ravin, CE; Rice, RP

Published Date

  • January 1, 1982

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 7 - 8

PubMed ID

  • 6976766

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0196-0644

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0196-0644(82)80004-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States