Retinal hemorrhages caused by accidental household trauma

J Pediatr. 1999 Jul;135(1):125-7. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(99)70343-4.


Traumatic retinal hemorrhages in young children are considered pathognomonic of child abuse. We identified 3 children with unilateral retinal hemorrhages caused by accidental household trauma. The hemorrhages were ipsilateral to intracranial hemorrhage and isolated to the posterior retinal pole.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls*
  • Child Abuse / diagnosis
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / complications
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Retinal Hemorrhage / diagnosis
  • Retinal Hemorrhage / etiology*