Symptom complexes in paediatrics (Children with swollen joints: History …
Symptom complexes in paediatrics
Ask: Pain characteristics:
Onset, Progression, Migration, Character, Intensity and Localization.
Phrenic nerve: Diaphragm distension -> pain in supraclavicular fossa.
Obturator: Hernia -> medial aspect of the thigh to the knee.
Genitofemoral: retroperitoneal irritation -> pain in testicle/labia/penis.
Nausea, vomiting, abdominal distension, Diarrhea, Constipation, Change i stools, Chills, Fever, urinary frequency, Hematuria, Jaundice
Full physical examination
Palpation/auscultation of abdomen
Direct/indirect, Tenderness, McBurney, Diffuse, Defence, Peritoneal. Bowel sounds (metallic, absent, frequent)
Digital rectal examination
Inspection of genital region:
Hernia, Testicle torsion.
Functional abdominal pain:
Febrile illness in Children
Vomiting and diarrhea in Children
comparison of patients weight before and after onset of illness (most important)
Eyes sunken and tearless (important!)
Dry mucous membrane
Prolonged capillary refill time
-Reduced skin turgor
Dehydration in children Management
assess the severity of dehydration
correct electrolyte imbalance
Encourage oral intake
Treat according to the underlying cause
oral if possible
IV saline (NaCl), isotonic, until blood chemistry
Secere dehydration 20 ml NaCl/kg the first Hour.
Association with food intake
Color and content (food items, blood, bile, fecal material
Associated symptoms: Fever, pain, diarrhea, constipation, dysphagia
Respiratory: cough, chest discomfort
Urinary: dysuria, hematuria
CNS: Irritability. drowsy, nech stiffness, headache
Medical history: neurologic, metabolic disease
Drug and allergy history
Nutritional history: change in food items e.g. milk
Other relevant history: travelling, family or freinds history
Infantile hypertrophic Pyloric stenosis (IHPS):
3 in 1000 live births
male: female, 4:1
presentation in the 3-6 week-old baby develops postprandial, non-bilious, often projectile vomiting. Demands to be re-fed = hungry vomiter
Palpable "olive like" mass at the lateral edge of the rectus abdominus muscle in the upper quadrant of the abdomen
The pt. eventually get emaciated and dehydrated
Labratory: hypochloremic, metabolic alkalosis resulting from the loss of gastric hydrocloric acid
Retention of food in the stomach
The diagnosis is supported by Ultra sound
Bristol stool chart
Frequency x per day
Volume (normal 5-10g/kg/day)
Normal: major variability
Chronic diarrhea > 14 days.
Virus (70-80 %)
Rota, noro, adeno, astrovirus
Bacteria: (< 20 %)
Symptomatic (UTI, Resp, CNS infection, sepsis)
Surgical conditions (appendicitis, intussusception)
same as for vomiting
Leading cause of hospitalization for diarrhea in children
Most prevalent during winter season
Fecal-oral transmission, viral shedding can persist for 21 days
Acute onset of fewer followed by watery diarrhea, can persist up to a week
Vacc. in many countries but not DK
Can be treated with surgery!
Inflammatory bowel disease
Pancreas dysfunction (cystic fibrosis)
reversible mucsa damage
Distended abdomen, thin extremities
The major risk factor for celiac disease later in life is the HLA type (HLA-DQ2)
Transglutaminase antibody (IgA)
Biopsy from the small intestine
Children with anemia:
MCV and HgB are important.
Large MCV might indicate -> b12 deficiency
Small MCV might indicate -> Hgb deficiency (iron, protein)
Reticulocytes should be heigh in anemic pt.
Paleness may be neglected, also by parents
Tired, Dyspnea, Tachycardia, loose of appetite, irritability, systolic murmur.
History and physical examination
A minimal set of blood values:
HgB, MCV, reticulocytes, platelets, WBC (leucocytes) with differential count
Ferritin - iron stores
iron deficiency: first low feritin, then low MCV and MCHC and only with depleted stores low Hb and increased transferrin
s- iron unreliable
Billirubin, LDH, haptoglobin, Coombs test
-Hb type (Hb fractioning)
Bone marrow examination
unexplained bi- or pancytopenia
Why is the child anemic?
Only exceptionally in case of anemia of unkniwn cause:
Indication: marked symptoms (Hb<3 mmol/L)
Ensure all samples for diagnostics
E-transfusion: 15 ml /kg
Iron deficiency (10-20% of 6 mo - 2 yr old children in DK)
Newborn does not have iron deficiency.
Anemia is a late sign of deficiency
Always low MCV, often low MCHC, relatively few reticulocytes, normal WBC, normal or increased platelets.
Ferritin always low (obs. increases during infections)
Infection associated anemia (moderate decrease in Hb 1-2 weeks after the illness)
Chronic diseases (autoimmune, infections)
Dominant autosomal inherited
Diag: Fam. history, MCHC, reticulocytes, EMA binding test.
Treatment: observation, folic acid, transfusion, splenectomy.
Parvovirus may disclose chronic hemolysis.
20 % of pregnant women with parvovirus infection will transmit the virus to the fetus
Most fetusses survive wthout seq.
A few develop hydrops fetals
Commen in other countries:
erythrocyte enzyme defects and hemoglobinopathies
Thalassemia, sickle cell
Glucose-6-phosphatase dehydrogenase deficiency
Megalo blastic anemia.
Deficiency of vitamin B12 or folic acid extremely rare in children.
Children with swollen joints:
Came by itself
Woke up one morning
Related to infection
History of trauma
Any changes observed
(reactive arthritis, seotic arthritis, familial meditarranian fewer (FMF), systemic JIA
Functional changes? (high degree of adoptability)
SR, CRP, Hb, Leukocytes, throbocytes, ANA, IgM-RF, HLA-B27, Renal function parameters, Liver function parameters, IgG, IgA, IgM, Yersinia, Borrelia, Streptocuccus, parvovirus.
Radiograph if tumor or trauma suspicion
S. aureus, Heam infl., Borrelia, Parvovirus, Rubella
Strep. pyog., enteropathogenic
Calvé-Perthe´s dis., epiphysiolysis, osteochondritis
SLE, Juvenile dermatomyositis, MCTD
Henoch schönlein purpura, Kawasaki dis., Granulomatosis, with polyangisitis (wegener), Polyartheritis nodosa.
Leukaemia, bone tumors, neuroblastoma
Haemophila, thalassemia, sikcle cell disease
Sarcoidosis, cystic fibrosis, FMF
Growing pain (nocturnal recurrent idiopathic pain syndrome)
Knees, calfes, pretibial
No clinical findings, normal x-ray/ultrasound
Haematology, CRP, ESR, Blood culture
Biopsy: Bacterail culture, histology
MRI-scan: High sensitivity 90-100%
Bone scan (Tc-scan): (Problem: growth zones)
X-ray: elevation of periost after 10-20 days.
Slow onset < 2 weeks
fever, poor general condition, sepsis
Local changes: swelling, heat, tenderness, erythema
reduced movement of affected limb
osteomyelitis of the spine often with vague symptoms.
Child with a rash
Dermatologic lesions in children
duration, progression, variation
Rash cousing childhood disease:
Fifth disease (erythema infectiosum, parvovirus)
Roseola (examthema subitum)
Parvovirus (slapped cheeks)
Scarlet fever (A- strep),
Erythema marginatum (rheumatic fever)
Salmonella typhi (rose spots)
Lyme disease - eryhtema migrant
Other: Kawasaki disase, JIA
Vesicular, bullous, pustular:
VZV - chichenpox, shingles
Coxsackie - hand, foot and mounth
Impetigo - Characteristic crusting
Boils - infection of hair follicle/sweat glands
Stafylococcal bullone impetigo
Staphylococcal scalded skin<
Toxic epidermal necrolysis
Other bacterial sepsis
Henoch schönlein purpura, HSP
Itchy skin conditions:
Insect bites/papular urticaria