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Dating abusive head trauma injuries from neuroimaging

The following is a summary of the systematic review findings up to the date of our most recent literature search. If you have a specific clinical case, we strongly recommend you read all of the relevant references as cited and look for additional material published outside our search dates.



  • Of 374 studies reviewed from the international literature, one study addressed this issue 1
  • Study design:
    •  case series
  • Age: ranging from 0-24 months
  • Total data: 105 children

All children underwent CT scanning and 49 underwent MRI

97 children had subdural haemorrhages and 52 had parenchymal hypodensities

The study details the timetable of changes on each imaging modality, providing a framework for dating of injuries


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  1. Bradford R, Choudhary AK, Dias MS. Serial neuroimaging in infants with abusive head trauma: timing abusive injuries. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 2013;12(2):110-119. [Pubmed]



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