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Research Article, Prensa Med Argent Vol: 102 Issue: 4

Accuracy of Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Skull Fractures in the Pediatric Emergency Department

Abstract

Accuracy of Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Skull Fractures in the Pediatric Emergency Department

Objective: The objective of this study was to identify the sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values of ultrasound for identifying skull fractures when compared to head CT scanning in pediatric patients with Head trauma.

Methods: The present study was a prospective cross-sectional observational study that was conducted over a six month period. In this review, clinical ultrasound in the diagnosis of skull fracture, 320 children under 14 years with minor trauma the head, was used. A cranial CT scans was performed on the patients. The ultrasound results were compared to the results of head CT scans (which are considered the gold standard for diagnosing skull fractures) for sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive.

Keywords: CT scan; Ultrasound; Head trauma; pediatric patients

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