Birth Trauma

  • C. Defilippi
  • B. Santoro
  • P. Pautasso


It is rare to detect a traumatic bony lesion in a very small child. In the first two or three years of life, children are constantly checked by a responsible adult, and the incidence of skeletal trauma is low. Instances of trauma include:
  • obstetric pseudo-paralysis

  • “birth fractures”

  • accidents that often occur in the nursing infant, such as falls from the changing table, which are often the cause of cranial fracture

  • events that also involve the person caring for the child, such as accidental falls or, in particular, road accidents

  • non-accidental lesions, which include the condition of “battered child syndrome”

  • “toddler’s fractures”, or fractures that occur when the child is walking with an uncertain gait.


Road Accident Distal Clavicle Harris Type Epiphyseal Separation Battered Child Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Defilippi
    • 1
  • B. Santoro
  • P. Pautasso
  1. 1.Pediatric Radiology ServiceRegina Margherita Children’s HospitalTurinItaly

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