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How useful are bowel sounds?

Report By: Clare Lamont, Medical Student

Search checked by: Katherine Potier de la Morandiere, Consultant in Emergency Medicine

Institution: Department of Emergency Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK

Three part question

In (young children with abdominal pain) do (bowel sounds) have (clinical utility in aiding the diagnosis).

Clinical scenario

A 3-year-old child comes into the Emergency Department complaining of tummy ache. As part of the abdominal examination you listen for bowel sounds. You wonder whether this will aid the …

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