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J Paediatr Child Health. 1991 Oct;27(5):286-9.

Retinal haemorrhage in accidental head trauma in childhood.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.


Twenty-five children (age range 1.2-14.5 years) who sustained accidental head injury requiring admission to hospital were prospectively examined for evidence of retinal haemorrhage. In no case were retinal haemorrhages detected. It is suggested that accidental head injury seldom results in retinal haemorrhage and that the finding of retinal haemorrhage in a child with a head injury should prompt suspicion of abuse.

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