The Bruised Premobile Infant: Should You Evaluate Further?

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2009 Jan;25(1):37-9. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e318191db15.

Abstract

Three premobile infants with unexplained bruising are described. Although, they were asymptomatic otherwise, evaluation led to the recognition of inflicted rib fractures in two and hemophilia A in one. Although such bruises are inconsequential themselves, they may provide the opportunity to recognize serious problems before major injury or morbidity occurs.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries / etiology
  • Caregivers
  • Child Abuse / diagnosis*
  • Contusions / etiology*
  • Hemophilia A / complications
  • Hemophilia A / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / etiology
  • Male
  • Perineum / injuries
  • Rib Fractures / diagnosis*
  • Rib Fractures / etiology