USPSTF finds too little data to recommend pediatric BP screening

10/7/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

There is not enough scientific evidence to support or oppose routine blood pressure screening for children and adolescents who do not show symptoms, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said in a report in Pediatrics and the Annals of Internal Medicine. "This limited evidence base makes it difficult to quantify the true significance and consequences of a hypertension diagnosis in children and adolescents and the potential benefit of early intervention," the authors wrote.

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