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Liver and Spleen Trauma is a topic covered in the Pediatric Surgery NaT.

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Abdominal injuries affect about 10% of injured children with the spleen and liver the most frequently injured organs. The unique anatomic features of children make them susceptible to abdominal injuries. Their smaller size means that organs are more closely packaged together predisposing children to multiple injuries. The relative immaturity of the rib cage and general lack of well defined soft tissue padding in children result in a greater exposure of the upper abdominal organs to energy transmission through traumatic impact. In addition, lower velocity mechanisms, such as falls and sports injuries, can result in significant injury to these less well protected upper abdominal viscera.

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Last updated: February 19, 2018


Waldhausen, John, et al., editors. "Liver and Spleen Trauma." Pediatric Surgery NaT, American Pediatric Surgical Association, 2018. APSA Webapp, www.pedsurglibrary.com/apsa/view/Pediatric-Surgery-NaT/829086/all/Liver_and_Spleen_Trauma.
Liver and Spleen Trauma. In: Waldhausen J, Powell D, Hirschl R, eds. Pediatric Surgery NaT. American Pediatric Surgical Association; 2018. https://www.pedsurglibrary.com/apsa/view/Pediatric-Surgery-NaT/829086/all/Liver_and_Spleen_Trauma. Accessed July 17, 2019.
Liver and Spleen Trauma. (2018). In Waldhausen, J., Powell, D., & Hirschl, R. (Eds.), Pediatric Surgery NaT. Available from https://www.pedsurglibrary.com/apsa/view/Pediatric-Surgery-NaT/829086/all/Liver_and_Spleen_Trauma
Liver and Spleen Trauma [Internet]. In: Waldhausen J, Powell D, Hirschl R, editors. Pediatric Surgery NaT. American Pediatric Surgical Association; 2018. [cited 2019 July 17]. Available from: https://www.pedsurglibrary.com/apsa/view/Pediatric-Surgery-NaT/829086/all/Liver_and_Spleen_Trauma.
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