We present the case of a 2-year-old female who presented to the emergency department (ED) with colicky abdominal pain and a bloody bowel movement. On initial examination, she was well appearing with a benign abdominal examination. Immediate point of care ultrasound (POCUS) revealed findings of ileocolic intussusception. Within minutes, she was transported to the fluoroscopy suite and underwent successful reduction. Emergency physicians have demonstrated the ability to make this diagnosis accurately and efficiently (
1). Earlier, more efficient diagnosis with incorporation of POCUS should lead to improved outcomes while using fewer health care resources.
- Riera A.
- Hsiao A.L.
- Langhan M.L.
- Goodman T.R.
- Chen L.
Diagnosis of intussusception by physician novice sonographers in the emergency department.
Ann Emerg Med. 2012; 60: 264-268
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Published online: May 03, 2019
Accepted: March 27, 2019
Received: March 8, 2019
Reprints are not available from the authors.
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