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Recurrent abdominal pain in a 7-year-old girl
  1. Andrea Trombetta1,
  2. Egidio Barbi1,2,
  3. Federica Pederiva3
  1. 1 Paediatric Department, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy
  2. 2 Paediatric Department, Institute for Maternal and Child Health - IRCCS "Burlo Garofolo", Trieste, Italy
  3. 3 Paediatric Surgery, Burlo Garofalo Pediatric Institute, Trieste, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrea Trombetta, Pediatrics, University of Trieste, Trieste 34127, Italy; andreamer91{at}

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Clinical introduction

A 7-year-old girl was admitted to the emergency department for a 2-month history of recurrent abdominal pain, accompanied by nocturnal awakening, vomiting and interruption of daily activities. Her medical history was unremarkable, her family had recently moved from a low-income country.

At admission, the girl was afebrile, with mild abdominal tenderness without guarding. Blood tests showed neutrophilic leucocytosis (white blood cells 21 740/mL, N 18 620/mL), with haemoglobin 14 g/dL and thrombocytosis (platelets 685 000/mL) with C-reactive protein (CRP) level (0.5 mg/dL, normal range 0–0.5 mg/dL). An abdominal ultrasound scan failed to show abnormalities. Twelve hours after admission, the abdominal pain worsened, the temperature spiked to 39°C, the abdominal examination showed …

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  • Contributors AT wrote the first draft of the manuscript. PF followed clinically the patient. EB and FP made the revision of the manuscript.

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