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Description of the Symptom

Tripping and falling in the pediatric population are developmental traits that are normal but can be considered pathological if they (1) persist beyond a certain age, (2) present with a sudden onset, or (3) worsen over time. Tripping and falling may or may not be associated with changes in the gait pattern or with pain.

Special Concerns

  • Sudden onset

  • Signs of malfunctioning shunt (ie, ventricular-peritoneal shunt) and spinal cord tethering, such as nausea, vomiting, seizures, fever, decline in motor function, and change in affect

  • Proximal and worsening muscular weakness

CHAPTER PREVIEW: Conditions That May Lead to Tripping and Falling in a Child
Common Ages at Which Tripping and Falling Present in a Child

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