Child Abuse

   Mimics of
abuse fractures:
> osteogenesis imperfecta
> rickets
> scurvy
> syphilis
> birth trauma
> neoplasia
> healed infection
   See Radiology reference web page for:
> stages of bone healing to evaluate for previous injury
> components of a skeletal survey
> age-related radiological testing recommendations
> radiological technique recommendations
Fractures

Fractures are the second most common injury in child physical abuse.

High specificity

Moderate specificity

Common but low specificity

[From Kleinman PK ed. Diagnostic imaging of child abuse 2nd ed Mosby 1998 ]

 

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