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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Bulletin of the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 4 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine