Battered child syndrome in a four year old with previous diagnosis of Reye's syndrome

Forensic Sci Int. Feb-Mar 1986;30(2-3):195-203. doi: 10.1016/0379-0738(86)90014-9.


A 4-year-old Black child was admitted to hospital in coma and with retinal hemorrhages. He was diagnosed as having Reye's Syndrome and remained hospitalized for 1 month. At discharge, he was neurologically compromised with spasticity of the right arm and leg, and could not walk or sit unsupported. Three weeks later he was again seen in the emergency room with a swollen right arm and leg and was subsequently readmitted. Healing fracture of the right femur and probable healing fracture of the right humerus were diagnosed. These were thought to be due to a fall from a stroller. Almost 4 months later, the child died at his home in the care of his mother's boyfriend. Autopsy findings were consistent with a severely chronically battered child.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Battered Child Syndrome*
  • Brain Injuries / pathology
  • Child Abuse*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Forensic Medicine*
  • Humans
  • Liver / injuries
  • Male
  • Reye Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Skull Fractures / pathology
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / pathology