Head injuries from short distance falls

Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 1992 Mar;13(1):85-7. doi: 10.1097/00000433-199203000-00017.


The problem of evaluating injury in childhood as to causation--accidental, inflicted or other--is compounded by conflicting literature. The child presenting with head injury following a short distance fall should be a source of alarm. Some of the key thoughts in the literature are evaluated with presentation of some additional observations, in an attempt to sort out some apparent conflicts.

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls*
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / diagnosis*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Skull Fractures / etiology*