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Abusive head trauma: recognition and the essential investigation

Kemp, Alison Mary 2011. Abusive head trauma: recognition and the essential investigation. Archives of Disease in Childhood - Education and Practice 96 (6) , pp. 202-208. 10.1136/adc.2009.170449

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Abusive head trauma (AHT) affects one in 4000–5000 infants every year and is one of the most serious forms of physical child abuse that has a high associated mortality and morbidity. Differentiating this form of abuse from another potential cause of brain injury is of utmost importance to the welfare of the child concerned and it is essential that the condition is correctly diagnosed. This article describes the evidence base behind the associated historical, clinical and neuroradiological features of AHT and spinal injury in physical abuse and sets out an algorithm of essential investigations that should be performed in any infant or young child where AHT is suspected.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 1743-0585
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:50

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