Sonography of abdominal pain: In children appendicitis and its common mimics

Thomas Ray Sanchez, Michael T Corwin, Andrew Davoodian, Rebecca Stein-Wexler

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Abdominal pain is very common in the pediatric population (<18 years of age). Sonography is a safe modality that can often differentiate the frequently encountered causes of abdominal pain in children. This pictorial essay will discuss the sonographic findings of acute appendicitis, including the imaging appearance of a perforated appendicitis. It will also present the sonographic features of the relatively common mimics of appendicitis, such as mesenteric adenitis/gastroenteritis, intussusception, Meckel diverticulum, and ovarian torsion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)627-635
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Abdominal pain
  • Appendicitis
  • Mimics
  • Pediatric ultrasound
  • Sonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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