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Shaken baby syndrome: inflicted cerebral trauma. Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1993-1994.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9260387     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Physical abuse is the leading cause of serious head injury in infants. While physical abuse has in the past been a diagnosis of exclusion, data regarding the nature and frequency of head trauma consistently support a medical presumption of child abuse when a child younger than one year of age has intracranial injury. Shaken baby syndrome is a serious form of child maltreatment, most often involving infants younger than six months of age. It occurs commonly, yet it is frequently overlooked in its most subtle form and underdiagnosed in its most serious expression. Caretakers may misrepresent or have no knowledge of the cause of the brain injury. There is often an absence of externally visible injuries. Given the initial difficulty of identifying a shaken infant and the variability of the syndrome itself, the physician must be extremely vigilant regarding any brain trauma in infants and be familiar with the radiologic and clinical findings that support the diagnosis of the shaken baby syndrome.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Delaware medical journal     Volume:  69     ISSN:  0011-7781     ISO Abbreviation:  Del Med J     Publication Date:  1997 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-09-11     Completed Date:  1997-09-11     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370077     Medline TA:  Del Med J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  365-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Battered Child Syndrome / diagnosis*,  prevention & control
Brain Injuries* / diagnosis
Cerebral Hemorrhage / diagnosis,  etiology
Child Abuse / diagnosis*,  prevention & control
Diagnosis, Differential
Infant, Newborn
Mandatory Reporting*

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