Bilateral humerus and corner fractures in an 18-month-old infant

A case report and review of child abuse from the resident perspective

Kevin M. Kaplan, Konrad I. Gruson, Nadir Paksima

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Abstract

Child abuse continues to be a serious problem that is likely to be encountered in all medical specialties, with orthopaedic surgeons commonly evaluating children having sustained musculoskeletal injuries. In busy emergency departments and clinics, junior residents shoulder much of the responsibility in identifying cases of abuse. We report the case of an otherwise healthy 18-month-old child, who presented to the emergency room with bilateral humeral shaft and corner fractures. These injuries were originally presented to the orthopaedic resident as having occurred from an accidental fall from a crib. The appropriate evaluation for a patient suspected of sustaining an injury from child abuse is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-128
Number of pages5
JournalBulletin of the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
Volume66
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Child Abuse
Humerus
Orthopedics
Emergency rooms
Hospital Emergency Service
Wounds and Injuries
Accidental Falls
Infant Equipment
Medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Rheumatology
  • Surgery

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