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Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 232–234 | Cite as

Unusual bone involvement in congenital syphilis mimicking the battered child syndrome

  • C. Horodniceanu
  • M. Grünebaum
  • B. Volovitz
  • M. Nitzan
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Abstract

Congenital syphilis is re-emerging in modern society. The pediatric radiologist may contribute to its early diagnosis. A case of unusual bone involvement with fracture of the olecranon and facial bone lesions is described; the condition had to be differentiated from the “battered child syndrome”. The problem of congenital syphilis as an infectious disease versus bone dystrophy is also discussed.

Key words

Syphilis Bones Fracture Syphilitic bone dystrophy Battered child 

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© Springer-Verlag 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Horodniceanu
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Grünebaum
    • 1
    • 2
  • B. Volovitz
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Nitzan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Pediatric Radiology Unit and Department of PediatricsBeilinson Medical CenterPetah Tiqva
  2. 2.Tel-Aviv University Medical SchoolIsrael

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