Child physical abuse is an important cause of pediatric morbidity and mortality. Pediatricians are in a unique position to identify, diagnose, and prevent abuse. This lecture will review the medical evaluation and identification of children with common child physical abuse injuries including skin, skeletal, abdominal, and head trauma. This lecture is geared towards multi-disciplinary partners with some child abuse experience.
Discuss factors that help distinguish between abusive and accidental fractures.
Discuss medical conditions that may result in multiple fractures.
Review the findings that can be seen following abusive head trauma.
Discuss timing of symptoms as they relate to abusive head trauma.
Describe the findings that may be present following intra-abdominal trauma.