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Question: Back Pain

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Which of the following is NOT considered a red flag when evaluating a pediatric patient with back pain?

pemsou5_wp • September 19, 2023

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  1. Kelly September 22, 2023 - 3:51 pm Reply

    E) Poor posture
    Poor posture, unless the posture is fixed such as scoliosis or kyphosis, is more likely to be a cause of back pain than a red flag symptom. The other findings listed are red flags for serious etiology of back pain, along with: constant pain, pain > 4 weeks duration, radicular pain, abnormal neurologic exam, significant trauma mechanism, urinary retention / incontinence, saddle anesthesia, weakness, numbness, gait abnormality. Some consider high level athletics to be at an important risk factor / red flag as well.

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