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Imaging findings in abusive head trauma (AHT)

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Brain imaging plays a key role in accurately identifying abusive head trauma (AHT). An exact and rapid diagnosis is needed due to the extreme severity of AHT, since there is a risk of neurological sequelae and potentially fatal recurrence. Several medical specialists will work collaboratively to detect and confirm abuse in children: the radiologist has a leading role in this approach. This article describes the most common neuro-imaging patterns of AHT, including extra axial, intra axial, bony, and ligamentous lesions, with a special focus on the dating issue and the differential diagnosis.

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Mannes, I., Drissi, C. & Adamsbaum, C. Imaging findings in abusive head trauma (AHT). Childs Nerv Syst 38, 2325–2334 (2022).

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