Fifteen-minute consultation: A structured approach to the management of hypermobility in a child

Mary Cruikshank, Athimalaipet V Ramanan

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Back pain in childhood is relatively unusual, although as a child matures through adolescence it becomes much more common. At any age, potentially serious illnesses need to be excluded. There are some useful red flags to be aware of when taking a history and performing an examination. We outline a systematic approach when faced with this clinical presentation in a general paediatric setting, with suggestions for initial investigations and when to consider referral to a specialist.

OBJECTIVE: To provide a structured approach for the paediatrician to appropriately manage a child or adolescent who presents with back pain.

METHOD: Review of the literature and description of the approach commonly adopted in a paediatric setting. Extended matching case questions are used to help the reader test their understanding.

CONCLUSIONS: A focused history, specifically asking about red flags, and a careful examination are essential to reach an appropriate differential diagnosis and management plan. Onward referral to a specialist may be required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-6
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood: Education and Practice Edition
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2014


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