Blunt trauma of the abdomen in children

J Forensic Sci. 1991 Jan;36(1):47-50.


Abdominal trauma in children is usually due to motor vehicle accidents or falls, but child abuse is also a common cause. Injuries to the small intestine are particularly worrisome because symptoms may not appear for hours, days, or even weeks. This can cause significant difficulty for the investigator trying to determine when an injury occurred, or who may have caused it.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries / complications
  • Abdominal Injuries / etiology
  • Abdominal Injuries / pathology*
  • Child Abuse / pathology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Homicide*
  • Humans
  • Peritonitis / etiology*
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / etiology
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / pathology*