Non accidental trauma

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1 week of fussiness. Child's parent also notes some shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 1 year old

Multiple left sided rib fracture. Underlying effusion may represent hemothorax. 


Multiple fractures as outlined below. 

Case Discussion

Radiologists are often the first to suspect non-accidental injury (a.k.a. child abuse) when radiographs are obtained for a myriad of reasons. Thus rapid recognition and clear communication of these specific injury patterns are essential to prevent further neglect and injury. 

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Case information

rID: 47998
Published: 13th Sep 2016
Last edited: 20th Jul 2017
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