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The Rational Clinical Examination
David L. Simel, Drummond Rennie
Blunt Intra-abdominal Injury
David L. Simel
Make the Diagnosis: Blunt Intra-abdominal Injury

Topics Discussed: make the diagnosis, prior probability

Excerpt: "Among emergency department patients who sustained blunt abdominal trauma, the probability of an intra-abdominal injury is 13% (95% CI, 10%-17%), and 4.7% (95% CI, 2.5%-8.6%) have an injury significant enough that therapeutic surgery or angiographic embolization is required...."
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