Abusive head trauma

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2009 Apr;56(2):317-31. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2009.02.001.


Child physical abuse that results in injury to the head or brain has been described using many terms, including battered child syndrome, whiplash injuries, shaken infant or shaken impact syndrome, and nonmechanistic terms such as abusive head trauma or nonaccidental trauma. These injuries sustained by child abuse victims are discussed in detail in this article, including information about diagnosis, management and outcomes. The use of forensics, the use imaging studies, and associated injuries are also detailed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse / classification*
  • Child Abuse / diagnosis
  • Child Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
  • Child Welfare / statistics & numerical data*
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / classification*
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / diagnosis
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / epidemiology*
  • Crime Victims / classification*
  • Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Medical History Taking / statistics & numerical data
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Physical Examination / classification*
  • Physical Examination / statistics & numerical data
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • United States / epidemiology