Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health
Delayed Duodenal Hematoma and Pancreatitis from a Seatbelt Injury
- Author(s): DeAmbrosis, Katherine
- Subramanya, Manjunath S
- Memon, Breda
- Memon, Muhammed A
- et al.
Traumatic duodenal hematoma is a rare condition that is encountered in the paediatric age group following blunt abdominal trauma. It poses both a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. The main concern is increased morbidity secondary to delayed diagnosis and associated occult injuries to the adjacent structures. Most of these hematomas resolve spontaneously with conservative management, and the prognosis is good. We present a case of a 15-year-old boy who had a delayed presentation of duodenal hematoma and acute pancreatitis, which was treated conservatively with complete resolution. [West J Emerg Med. 2011;12(1):128-130.]