Use of oral contrast for abdominal computed tomography in children with blunt torso trauma

Angela M. Ellison, Kimberly S. Quayle, Bema Bonsu, Madelyn Garcia, Stephen Blumberg, Alexander Rogers, Sandra L. Wootton-Gorges, Benjamin T. Kerrey, Lawrence J. Cook, Arthur Cooper, Nathan Kuppermann, James F Holmes Jr, N. Kuppermann, E. Alpern, D. Borgialli, J. Callahan, J. Chamberlain, P. Dayan, J. M. Dean, M. GerardiM. Gorelick, J. Hoyle, E. Jacobs, D. Jaffe, R. Lichenstein, K. Lillis, P. Mahajan, R. Maio, D. Monroe, R. Ruddy, R. Stanley, M. Tunik, A. Walker, D. Kavanaugh, H. Park

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Study objective We compare test characteristics of abdominal computed tomography (CT) with and without oral contrast for identifying intra-abdominal injuries. Methods This was a planned subanalysis of a prospective, multicenter study of children (contrast 99.2% (95% confidence interval [CI] 95.7% to 100.0%) versus sensitivityno contrast 97.7% (95% CI 96.1% to 98.8%), difference 1.5% (95% CI-0.4% to 3.5%). The specificity of the oral contrast versus no oral contrast groups was specificitycontrast 84.7% (95% CI 82.2% to 87.0%) versus specificityno contrast 80.8% (95% CI 79.4% to 82.1%), difference 4.0% (95% CI 1.3% to 6.7%). Conclusion Oral contrast is still used in a substantial portion of children undergoing abdominal CT after blunt torso trauma. With the exception of a slightly better specificity, test characteristics for detecting intra-abdominal injury were similar between CT with and without oral contrast.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-114.e4
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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