Kids, Head Trauma and Vomiting

I will often dump on the use of secondary analysis to drive clinical practice but studying children with trauma is not easy, so you have to take the data from where you can.

From the PECARN group they went back and mined the original 42,112 children that were used in the original studies  to assess the prognostic utility of isolated vomiting after head injury for the outcome of clinically important traumatic brain injury and traumatic brain injury on computed tomography (CT).

Kids vomit all the time, for everything, so if a child has only vomiting after head trauma what are the chances they will have a clinically significant or CT positive finding (read what is the pre-test probability). Read here to find out…


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1 comment for “Kids, Head Trauma and Vomiting

  1. andygrock
    May 7, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Great post! I just wanted to put in the reference for people who can’t access our library website

    Peter S. Dayan, MD, MSca, , , James F. Holmes, MD, MPHb, Shireen Atabaki, MD, MPHd, John Hoyle Jr., MDe, Michael G. Tunik, MDf, Richard Lichenstein, MDg, Elizabeth Alpern, MD, MSCEh, Michelle Miskin, MSi, Nathan Kuppermann, MD, MPHb, c.

    Association of Traumatic Brain Injuries With Vomiting in Children With Blunt Head Trauma.
    Annals of Emergency Medicine Volume 63, Issue 6, June 2014, Pages 657–665 doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.01.009

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