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Subdural Hematoma Rebleeding in Relation to Abusive Head Trauma

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When cases of suspected abusive head trauma are adjudicated in courts of law, one of the theories often presented by defense experts is that a normal, healthy infant or child suddenly neurologically deteriorates or dies several weeks to months after birth or minor injury because a preceding subdural hematoma spontaneously rebleeds after a minor traumatic event. This article reviews the underlying scientific basis of subdural hematoma rebleeding as it applies to this courtroom theory.

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Knox, B., Rorke-Adams, L.B. & Luyet, F.M. Subdural Hematoma Rebleeding in Relation to Abusive Head Trauma. J Fam Viol 31, 815–821 (2016).

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