What is the role of abdominal radiography in the workup of pediatric gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding?

Updated: Dec 19, 2018
  • Author: Wayne Wolfram, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Robert K Minkes, MD, PhD  more...
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Patients with suspected obstruction should undergo plain abdominal radiography. Abdominal radiography may also be helpful in neonates in whom NEC is a possibility; the images may show free air, pneumatosis intestinalis (bubbles in the bowel wall), or portal air.


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