Orthopaedic injuries in child abuse

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Child abuse is a clinical diagnosis, made on the basis of a thorough history and physical exam, with radiographic studies as indicated. A multi-disciplinary approach can aid in diagnosis. Fractures are the second most common manifestation of abuse, and between 30% and 50% of victims will require the services of an orthopaedic surgeon. Familiarity with the list of high- and low-specificity fractures for abuse is useful, as is knowledge of the differential diagnosis. Fractures secondary to abuse generally have a good outcome and long-term prognosis. Appropriate referrals and intervention can decrease risk of future abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-204
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Paediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Child abuse
  • Fractures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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