Diagnostic errors of right lower quadrant pain in children: beyond appendicitis

Patricia T. Chang, Gary R. Schooler, Edward Y. Lee

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Right lower quadrant pain in children can result from various underlying conditions other than acute appendicitis. The common mimics of acute appendicitis are related to acute gastrointestinal and genitourinary diseases. Diagnosis of right lower quadrant pain in the pediatric population can be challenging, especially when the symptoms are often nonspecific. This article reviews the currently available imaging techniques for evaluating a child with right lower quadrant pain and the spectrum of differential diagnoses with a focus on imaging clues to a specific diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2071-2090
Number of pages20
JournalAbdominal Imaging
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 29 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Appendicitis
  • Children
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Genitourinary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology


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