Pediatric Abdominal Masses: Imaging Guidelines and Recommendations

Radiol Clin North Am. 2022 Jan;60(1):113-129. doi: 10.1016/j.rcl.2021.08.008.


Pediatric abdominal masses are commonly encountered in the pediatric population, with a broad differential diagnosis that encompasses benign and malignant entities. The primary role of abdominal imaging in the setting of a suspected pediatric abdominal mass is to establish its presence, as nonneoplastic entities can mimic an abdominal mass, and to identify characteristic imaging features that narrow the differential diagnosis. In the setting of a neoplasm, various imaging modalities play an important role to characterize the mass, stage extent of disease, and assist in presurgical planning. The purpose of this article is to discuss a practical imaging algorithm for suspected pediatric abdominal masses and to describe typical radiological findings of the commonly encountered abdominal masses in neonates and children with emphasis on imaging guidelines and recommendations.

Keywords: Abdominal; Congenital; Imaging guidelines; Imaging recommendations; Mass; Neoplasm; Pediatric; Pseudomass.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / diagnostic imaging
  • Abdominal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male