Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed
Mechanisms are translational (direct impact) and rotational (acceleration/deceleration). Shaking the child produces rotational forces that cause shearing injuries. Head injury is the primary cause of morbidity and mortality in abused children, with it being more common in children less than 2 years of age.
The most common lesion seen in the head is a subdural hematoma which is seen most commonly along the convexities and along the posterior interhemispheric fissure. The subdural hemorrhages may be of varying ages. Subarachnoid hemorrhage may be seen acutely along with cerebral edema, and cerebral contusion. Long term encephalomalacia, ventriculomegaly and porencephaly may be seen.
See References Chapter.
Section Top | Title Page
Please send us comments by filling out our Comment Form.
All contents copyright © 1992-2013 Donna M. D'Alessandro, M.D. and Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D. and the authors. All rights reserved.
"Virtual Pediatric Hospital", the Virtual Pediatric Hospital logo, and "A digital library of pediatric information" are all Trademarks of Donna M. D'Alessandro, M.D. and Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
Virtual Pediatric Hospital is funded in whole by Donna M. D'Alessandro, M.D. and Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D. Advertising is not accepted.
Your personal information remains confidential and is not sold, leased, or given to any third party be they reliable or not.
The information contained in Virtual Pediatric Hospital is not a substitute for the medical care and advice of your physician. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: