• A disjointed effort: paediatric musculoskeletal examination.

      Gill, Irwin; Sharif, Farhana; Department of Paediatrics, Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. irwingill@gmail.com (2012-07)
      Musculoskeletal (MSK) symptoms are a frequent cause of emergency department attendance for children, and while most often indicative of benign or self-limiting disease, such symptoms can occasionally be the first presentation of serious illness such as leukaemia or juvenile idiopathic arthritis. MSK examination, however, is often not included as part of the routine paediatric examination. The authors aimed to evaluate how often and how thoroughly MSK examination was performed during admissions to the paediatric ward and to compare it with the examination of other symptoms in relation to the presenting complaint and eventual diagnosis.