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JAMA. 1994 Aug 24-31;272(8):617-8.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and rib fractures in infants. A postmortem radiologic-pathologic study.

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Department of Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worchester 01655.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the incidence of rib fractures visible at autopsy or with postmortem radiographs after cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in infants younger than 1 year.

DESIGN:

Retrospective review.

SETTING:

Medical examiner's office in a county consisting of a medium-sized city, towns, and rural areas.

PATIENTS:

Ninety-one infants (56 males, 35 females; mean age, 2.4 months; age range, 26 hours to 8.5 months) without evidence of child abuse who had undergone CPR before death.

METHODS:

Medical records, skeletal surveys, and autopsy results were reviewed.

RESULTS:

No patient had rib fractures.

CONCLUSIONS:

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is unlikely to cause rib fractures in infants.

PMID:
8057518
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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