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1

A distended abdomen is a sign of what?

Obstruction

2

A 6 week old child presents with vomiting, abdominal swelling and a distended stomach. What is the most likely diagnosis?

Pyloric stenosis

3

Why does vomiting occur in pyloric stenosis?

The stomach tries to push food through the pylorus but it can't. You may be able to see the muscles of the stomach peristalsing.

4

What test should you use to investigate pyloric stenosis?

Ultrasound

5

How can you tell there is something wrong when looking at an ultrasound of pyloric stenosis?

If you could measure the pylorus because it is so inflamed (normally this wouldn't be possible)

6

What is the treatment for pyloric stenosis? What are the outcomes?

Pyloromyotomy (cut the pyloric muscle)- they will then be able to feed normally

7

Is pyloric stenosis rare?

No, it is pretty common

8

How may you be able to tell that an infant is in pain?

They will draw their legs up

9

A 6 month old child presents with vomiting for a few days and episodes where the legs are drawn up which is then followed by limpness. Some areas of the abdomen are firm and there is a sausage shaped mass. The child has been passing a little stool and there has been some blood in the nappy. What is the diagnosis?

Intussusception

10

Intussusception presents usually at around the same age as which other, much less serious condition?

Simple colic

11

What differentiates intussusception from simple colic?

These children will be limp and pale

12

What is intussusception?

A type of obstruction which involves folding of the bowel (which causes swelling and obstruction)

13

Where is the obstruction in intussusception usually found?

Where the small and large bowels meet

14

What happens to the obstruction in intussusception?

It travels through the bowel and occasionally out of the rectum

15

What is the correct investigation for intussusception?

Ultrasound

16

This ultrasound appearance is seen in what condition?

If it is taken from the other angle, what will it look like?

Intussusception (target sign)

Kidney bean shaped

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How should you treat intussusception?

Blow air into the rectum to move the obstruction up and out

19

Why is surgery not really used for intussusception?

Risk of bowel perforation

20

A 6 year old child presents with tummy pains, and tells you that going over the speedbumps in the car was very painful. What is the diagnosis?

Some kind of peritonitis, likely appendicitis

21

Will children with appendicitis have a high fever?

They will have a fever, but not particularly extreme

22

Tummy pain in a child could actually be coming from where else? What diagnosis could this suggest?

Coming from the chest - pneumonia

23

If a child is admitted with tummy pains and a fever, what should you always test for?

UTI

24

A child is vomiting bile. What is the diagnosis until proven otherwise?

Malrotation

25

What is malrotation?

A congenital problem of the gut- the bowel is not sitting in the right place so the gut twists and loses blood supply to the midgut from the superior mesenteric artery

26

What is the most worrying presentation of an acute scrotum? Is this common?

Testicular torsion - not the most common presentation of acute scrotum

27

A boy presents with an acute scrotum. It is red, swollen and sore. What is the most likely diagnosis?

Epididymitis

28

It can be hard to distinguish epididymitis from testicular torsion, how do you check?

Have to open the scrotum to check

29

A boy presents with an acute scrotum. There is a black, blobby extra part which does not look nice. What is the most likely diagnosis?

Mullerian duct remnant

30

What is the treatment for a Mullerian duct remnant if it is...

a) sore?

b) not sore?

a) Removal

b) Leave it to fall off