Retinal hemorrhage in the battered child

Childs Brain. 1979;5(1):40-4. doi: 10.1159/000119800.


The presence of retinal hemorrhage in head-injured children under 3 years of age is believed to be pathognomonic of battering. When a group of battered children was compared to head-injured children due to other causes, the high incidence of retinal hemorrhage in the battered children was contrasted with the absence of retinal hemorrhage produced by other causes of head injury.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Animals
  • Battered Child Syndrome*
  • Child Abuse*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / complications
  • Haplorhini
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Retinal Hemorrhage / diagnosis
  • Retinal Hemorrhage / etiology*