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Visceral injuries are injuries to all internal organs. Abdominal
injuries are described more frequently than thoracic injuries. Abdominal
injuries in young children in the absence of a history of significant trauma
are rare. Many abusive abdominal injuries, in particular hepatic lesions, are
occult. Remembering to search for possible visceral trauma in the context of
investigations for physical abuse is important.
Abdominal X-rays (including erect and supine) and ultrasound
may be considered.
Abdominal CT Scan with contrast is the investigation of
choice that should be obtained if the following concerns are present: