March 1971

Chronic Retroperitoneal Hematomas in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatric Surgery, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago.

Arch Surg. 1971;102(3):214-215. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350030052015

Retroperitoneal hematomas in children without an antecedent history of trauma are a diagnostic challenge. They may be a coincidental finding at the time of autopsy or may present as a problem in the differential diagnosis of an abdominal mass. X-ray film of the abdomen, intravenous pyelogram, and barium enema are helpful in evaluation, but only with laparotomy can one exclude neoplasm.