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Upper abdominal mass in children

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submitted on 2024-01-09, 07:32 and posted on 2024-01-14, 08:28 authored by Abdullah Khan

We present 2 pediatric cases with abdominal mass. The first case was a 12-year-old girl who presented with upper abdominal pain for 1 week with intermittent episodes of vomiting non-bloody, non-bilious in nature but no diarrhea and no fever. Abdominal examination showed a firm mass in the left upper quadrant. X-ray of the abdomen showed distended gastric viscus with inspissated content with transition zone at the pylorus raising the suspicion of bezoar (Figure 1). The patient was taken to the operating room and the big mass of hair was removed with open laparoscopy (Figure 2). The second case was a 7-year-old with a history of recurrent upper abdominal pain for a few months with no vomiting, fever, or diarrhea. She had a history of eating foreign objects (hair and pencil erasers). Abdominal examination suggested a firm mass in the epigastric area. X-ray of the abdomen was inconclusive. Computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen and pelvis with contrast was obtained, which showed bezoar in the gastric cavity (Figure 3). The patient was taken for open laparoscopy and a mass of hair was extracted (Figure 4). In both cases, psychiatric evaluation and follow-up was arranged.

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Published in: Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open
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  • Sidra Medical and Research Center (-2018)
  • Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar

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