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What are characteristic injuries commonly seen in abusive head trauma?

1. Intracranial hemorrhage2. Retinal hemorrhage3. Brain injury***May have skull, rib or long bone fractures too


What diagnostic lb tests are recommended when abusive head trauma is on the differential diagnosis? (2)-what about imaging?

1. CBC2. Coags**Additional tests may be indicated: lytes, glucose, metabolic screen, tox screen, cultures, etc.Imaging:1. CT scan for acute cases-MRI can give additional info 2. Skeletal survey for all cases of suspected AHT


You have diagnosed a patient with abusive head trauma after a thorough investigation. There is an infant sibling. What is your management with the infant?

The infant needs an ophtho exam, skeletal survey and neuroimaging EVEN IF THE INITIAL PHYSICAL EXAM IS NORMAL!


Whose job is it to contact police in suspected cases of abusive head trauma?

CAS! (ie. child protection agency)


Abusive head trauma most frequently occurs in what age group?-how come?-which babies are shaken the most? (2 characteristics)-which people are most likely to shake a baby?

Infants Infants


What type of intracranial hemorrhage is seen in abusive head trauma most commonly?

Subdural hematoma since shaking causes shearing of blood vessels around the brain


What are red flags for inflicted injury in a child with bruising (6)?

1. Babies who are not yet cruising2. On ears, neck, feet, buttocks or torso (chest, back, abdomen, genitalia)3. Not on the front of the body and/or overlying bone4. Unusually large or numerous5. Clustered or patterned6. Do not fit with the causal mechanism provided


What is the most common acquired disorder of coagulation?



What is the 3 most common inherited coagulation disorders (in order of most common)?

1. Von Willebrand disease (1% of population)2. Hemophilia A (factor 8 deficiency)3. Hemophilia B (factor 9 deficiency)


What 2 nutritional deficiencies that are associated with bruising?

1. Vitamin K deficiency2. Vitamin C deficiency


Where is the location of bleeding in: -platelet abnormalities-factor deficiencies

Platelet abnormalities - mucocutaneous bleeding (gum bleeding, epistaxis, petechiae)Factor deficiencies - deep tissue bleeding (joint hematoma, soft tissue, GI, GU, bleeding after surgical procedures)


What two connective tissue disorders can predispose to bruising?

1. Ehlers-Danlos2. Osteogenesis imperfecta


What are important questions to ask on family history for a child presenting with bruising?

1. History of known bleeding disorders2. Mother's menstrual and postpartum bleeding history3. History of consanguinity4. Need for transfusion in family members5. History of severe epistaxis in family members (lasts > 10 mins or requires medical treatment)


Key points on history for a possible bleeding disorder for an infant (7)?

1. Postcircumcision bleeding2. Birth cephalohematoma3. Umbilical stump bleeding or delayed stump separation4. Postvenipuncture bleeding5. Macroscopic hematuria6. Petechiae at clothing line pressure sites7. Bruising at sites of object pressure (infant car seat fasteners)


What investigations should be ordered as first-line in testing for bruising and suspected maltreatment?

CBC + diffPeripheral blood smearPTTINRFibrinogenVWB factorBlood group (to interpret von willebrand levels)F8 levelF9 levelLiver function testsRenal function tests


For precruising babies with unexplained bruising: what investigations should be done?

1. Appropriate bloodwork to rule out bleeding diathesis2. Skeletal survey for all children