Constipation is an incredibly common problem in the Pediatric Emergency Department and amongst children who visit the Emergency Department with complaints of abdominal pain. This episode of PEM Currents, the Pediatric Emergency Medicine podcast features an interview with Danny Mallon, a Gastroenterologist from Cincinnati Children’s who is an expert in managing pediatric constipation. Our discussion focused on diagnosis in the Emergency Department, management  and why you don’t need an X-Ray to make there diagnosis.



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