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Use of adult criteria for slice imaging may limit unnecessary radiation exposure in children presenting with hematuria and blunt abdominal trauma.
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PMID:  20708220     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether it would be safe to use adult criteria for imaging in pediatric blunt renal trauma and hematuria.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: From 1999 to 2007, 46 consecutive children were admitted for renal trauma and hematuria. All had abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan. Patients were divided into 2 groups: microhematuria and macrohematuria. Outcomes analyzed were presence of renal injury per CT, grade of renal injury, and indication for and details of surgical intervention.
RESULTS: Twenty-seven patients (59%) had microhematuria. Nineteen (41%) had macrohematuria. On abdominal CT scan, no injury was found in 18 patients with microhematuria (67%) and 3 (16%) with macrohematuria. Two microhematuria patients required surgical intervention. In both cases, no actual renal intervention was performed during surgery. Three macrohematuria patients required surgical intervention; all had renal relevant procedures. The performance of the macro-microhematuria distinction in the prediction of renal injury on CT scan is relatively poor: sensitivity 59%, specificity 14%, positive predictive value (PPV) 84%, and negative predictive value (NPV) 62%, whereas the performance of macrohematuria criteria in the prediction of renal-relevant injury is sensitivity 100%, specificity 61%, PPV 18%, and NPV 93%.
CONCLUSIONS: The yield of abdominal CT in pediatric renal trauma is low in patients presenting with microhematuria. Our data suggest that it may be possible that adult criteria for renal imaging are sufficient for children with abdominal blunt trauma and microhematuria. Adopting such strategy will result in substantial reduction in exposure to radiation, supposedly without increasing the patient's risk.
Orit Raz; Miki Haifler; Laurian Copel; Erez Lang; Ibrahim Abu-Kishk; Gideon Eshel; Baruch Klin; Arie Lindner; Amnon Zisman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-08-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Urology     Volume:  77     ISSN:  1527-9995     ISO Abbreviation:  Urology     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-03     Completed Date:  2011-01-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0366151     Medline TA:  Urology     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  187-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Urology, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Zerifin, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Abdominal Injuries / complications,  radiography*
Age Factors
Hematuria / etiology
Kidney / injuries*,  radiography*
Radiation Dosage
Retrospective Studies
Tomography, X-Ray Computed* / adverse effects,  standards
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications,  radiography*

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