Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 44, Supplement 4, pp 604–612 | Cite as

Spinal injuries in abusive head trauma: patterns and recommendations

  • Alison KempEmail author
  • Laura Cowley
  • Sabine Maguire
Special Issue: Abusive Head Trauma


A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that there is an association between occult spinal injury and abusive head trauma (previously known as shaken baby syndrome). Consideration needs to be given to the nature of these injuries, the possible causal mechanisms and what investigations should be undertaken to delineate the full extent of spinal involvement in infants with suspected abusive head trauma. This association has the potential to influence our understanding of the biomechanics and subsequent neuropathology associated with abusive head trauma.


Abusive head trauma Spine injury Non-accidental injury Child 



We are grateful to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children for the funding of this work, to our panel of reviewers and to Laura Wain for editorial assistance.

Conflicts of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Early Years Research Programme, School of MedicineCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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