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A 2-year-old presents to the emergency center with several days of rectal bleeding. The mother first noticed reddish-colored stools 2 days prior to arrival and has since changed several diapers with just blood. The child is afebrile, alert, and playful, and is eating well without emesis. He is slightly tachycardic, and his abdominal examination is normal. Which of the following is the best diagnostic study to order at this time?

a. Exploratory laparotomy

b. Barium enema

c. Ultrasound of the abdomen

d. Radionucleotide scan

e. Stool culture

the answer is below…

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A 2-year-old presents to the emergency center with several days of rectal bleeding. The mother first noticed reddish-colored stools 2 days prior to arrival and has since changed several diapers with just blood. The child is afebrile, alert, and playful, and is eating well without emesis. He is slightly tachycardic, and his abdominal examination is normal. Which of the following is the best diagnostic study to order at this time?

a. Exploratory laparotomy

b. Barium enema

c. Ultrasound of the abdomen

d. Radionucleotide scan

e. Stool culture

the answer is below…

Continue reading

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