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Curr Opin Pediatr. 1997 Feb;9(1):100-3.

Orthopedic aspects of child abuse.

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  • 1University of Tennessee, Campbell Clinic, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Memphis 38103, USA.


Child abuse remains a relatively frequent cause of orthopedic injuries in infants and children, and, although the classic signs of abuse are still useful for identifying victims, more careful observation and more sophisticated diagnostic tests, such as collagen synthesis, may be required to identify less severely injured victims. Recently observed changes in injury patterns and age incidences should be considered in the evaluation of a child suspected of being a child abuse victim.

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