alexa Sentinel injuries: subtle findings of physical abuse.


Clinical Pediatrics: Open Access

Author(s): Petska HW, Sheets LK, Petska HW, Sheets LK

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Abstract Injuries, other than abrasions, are rare in precruising infants. In this population, a history or observation of a sentinel skin injury, intraoral injury, or musculoskeletal injury without a plausible explanation, is concerning for physical abuse. A precruising infant with a sentinel injury should be medically evaluated for occult injury and predisposing medical conditions, as well as reported to authorities for further investigation. Early identification of sentinel injuries and appropriate interventions can prevent further abuse. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. This article was published in Pediatr Clin North Am and referenced in Clinical Pediatrics: Open Access

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