Child Abuse

  • Jose M. Ramirez


All pediatric providers are responsible for ensuring that all cases of pediatric abuse are reported to the appropriate authorities. Orthopedists will evaluate injured children and should suspect abuse when they are unable to reconcile injury patterns with the reported mechanisms for these injuries.


Trauma Abuse Child protective services Corner fractures 

What is the chance of death for a child who is a victim of unreported physical abuse?


What is the classically reported location for concerning extremity fractures in child abuse?

Metaphyseal corner fractures

What elbow injury should raise concern for child abuse?

Distal humerus physeal separation

What is the most common presenting sign in an abused child?

Skin lesion

True/False: Physicians are legally obligated to report cases of child abuse.


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© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jose M. Ramirez
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryAlpert Medical School of Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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