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  1. Steven McVea,
  2. Lynne McFetridge,
  3. Jarlath McAloon
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Antrim Area Hospital, Antrim, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Steven McVea, ST3 Paediatrics, Antrim Area Hospital, 45 Bush Road, ANTRIM, Co., Antrim BT41 2RL, UK; steven.mcvea{at}

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Case report

An 11-year-old girl presented to the emergency department with a week of generalised abdominal pain, anorexia and reduced stooling. The pain did not disturb sleep, and there was no associated weight loss, urinary symptoms or gastrointestinal bleeding. Examination suggested constipation, and an abdominal radiograph (AXR) was performed (figure 1).

Figure 1

Abdominal radiograph.


1. What does figure 1 show?

  1. Normal radiograph

  2. Faecal impaction

  3. Skeletal abnormality

  4. Renal calculi

  5. Bowel obstruction

Movicol was started, and the patient was discharged. Two further assessments for abdominal pain were sought in the next fortnight. No further investigations were ordered, and there was no change to management.

Three weeks from the original presentation, she developed leg pain and inability to weight-bear. No urinary symptoms were present. Lower limb examination revealed increased tone with extensor plantars bilaterally. A tender posterior …

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  • Contributors Case was identified for case presentation at departmental teaching by SMV and LMF. X-ray was identified as suitable for publication by JMA at said teaching. Article was drafted by SMV with review and adaptation by LMF and JMA to result in final manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.