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Abusive head trauma

Eve Valera, Aaron Kucyi
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in women experiencing intimate-partner violence (IPV) is common, and IPV afflicts 30 % of women worldwide. However, the neurobiology and related sequelae of these TBIs have never been systematically examined. Consequently, TBI treatments are typically absent and IPV interventions are inadequate. There has been a call for a comprehensive assessment of IPV-related TBIs and their relationship to aspects of women's cognitive and neural functioning. In response, we examined brain-network organization associated with TBI and its cognitive effects using clinical interviews and neuropsychological measures as well as structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) in women experiencing IPV-related TBI...
October 20, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Paige A Culotta, James E Crowe, Quynh-Anh Tran, Jeremy Y Jones, Amy R Mehollin-Ray, H Brandon Tran, Marcella Donaruma-Kwoh, Cristina T Dodge, Elizabeth A Camp, Andrea T Cruz
BACKGROUND: Young children with suspected abusive head trauma often receive skull radiographs to evaluate for fractures as well as computed tomography (CT) of the head to assess for intracranial injury. Using a CT as the primary modality to evaluate both fracture and intracranial injury could reduce exposure to radiation without sacrificing performance. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the sensitivity of CT head with (3-D) reconstruction compared to skull radiographs to identify skull fractures in children with suspected abusive head trauma...
October 15, 2016: Pediatric Radiology
Masahiro Nonaka
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
Elham Shafiei, Esmaeil Fakharian, Abdollah Omidi, Hossein Akbari, Ali Delpisheh
BACKGROUND: It is well-known that severe brain injury can make people susceptible to psychological symptoms. However, mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) is still open for discussion. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare psychological symptoms of MTBI patients with those without MTBI considering demographic auxiliary variables. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This prospective cohort study was conducted on 50 MTBI patients and 50 healthy subjects aged 15 - 65 years...
June 2016: Archives of Trauma Research
Madison M Hunt, Austin M Stevens, Kristine W Hansen, Stephen J Fenton
PURPOSE: To expedite flow of injured children suspected to require operative intervention, a "trauma 1 OP" (T1OP) activation classification was created. The purpose of this study was to review this strategy at a level 1 pediatric trauma center. METHODS: A retrospective review of T1OP activations between 2003 and 2015 was performed. Children suspected of requiring neurosurgical intervention were classified as trauma 1 OP neuro (T1OP(N)). Comparisons were made to trauma 1 (T1) patients who required emergent operative intervention, excluding orthopedic injuries...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Megan M Letson, Jennifer N Cooper, Katherine J Deans, Philip V Scribano, Kathi L Makoroff, Kenneth W Feldman, Rachel P Berger
Infants with minor abusive injuries are at risk for more serious abusive injury, including abusive head trauma (AHT). Our study objective was to determine if children with AHT had prior opportunities to detect abuse and to describe the opportunities. All AHT cases from 7/1/2009 to 12/31/2011 at four tertiary care children's hospitals were included. A prior opportunity was defined as prior evaluation by either a medical or child protective services (CPS) professional when the symptoms and/or referral could be consistent with abuse but the diagnosis was not made and/or an alternate explanation was given and accepted...
October 2016: Child Abuse & Neglect
Robert Zant, Michael Melter, Christian Doerfler, Felix Schlachetzki, Ernst-Michael Jung, Stefan Schilling, Juergen Kunkel
Internal carotid artery (ICA) dissections with associated stroke are rare events in infants. The usual pathomechanisms include direct trauma to the artery, blunt intraoral trauma, or child abuse. We describe the case of a 4-month-old male patient with ICA dissection and associated middle cerebral artery territory infarction associated with hyperextension/hyperrotation after a minor head injury. Upon treatment with anticoagulants, the patient showed significant improvement of the left-sided hemiparesis. Hemorrhagic transformation that presented shortly after middle cerebral artery infarction did not further increase under heparin treatment and prevented further embolism...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Paul G Fisher
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Kazuya Matsuo, Nobuyuki Akutsu, Kunitoshi Otsuka, Kazuki Yamamoto, Atsufumi Kawamura, Tatsuya Nagashima
PURPOSE: Various treatment modalities have been used in the management of chronic subdural hematoma and subdural hygroma (CSDH/SDHy) in children. However, few studies have examined burr-hole craniotomy without continuous drainage in such cases. Here, we retrospectively evaluated the efficacy and safety of burr-hole craniotomy without continuous drainage for CSDH/SDHy in children under 2 years old. We also aimed to determine the predictors of CSDH/SDHy recurrence. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of 25 children under 2 years old who underwent burr-hole craniotomy without continuous drainage for CSDH/SDHy at a pediatric teaching hospital over a 10-year period...
September 9, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Brian S Payne, Timothy J Kutz, Ann Di Maio, James M Gerard
BACKGROUND: Fractures are a frequent reason for emergency department visits and evaluation for abusive head trauma is an associated concern in infants. Recent guidelines have suggested that retinal examination may not be necessary in the absence of intracranial injury, but there is a lack of empirical evidence in infants < 1 year of age. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to evaluate the prevalence of retinal hemorrhages in infants with isolated long bone fractures. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of infants < 1 year of age who presented to an urban, tertiary care pediatric hospital between January 2004 and April 2014 with the diagnosis of an acute long bone fracture or retinal hemorrhages...
October 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Sandeep K Narang, Cynthia Estrada, Sarah Greenberg, Daniel Lindberg
OBJECTIVE: To assess the current general acceptance within the medical community of shaken baby syndrome (SBS), abusive head trauma (AHT), and several alternative explanations for findings commonly seen in abused children. STUDY DESIGN: This was a survey of physicians frequently involved in the evaluation of injured children at 10 leading children's hospitals. Physicians were asked to estimate the likelihood that subdural hematoma, severe retinal hemorrhages, and coma or death would result from several proposed mechanisms...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Kevin F Yee, Andrew M Walker, Elaine Gilfoyle
Objective. There is increasing evidence of adverse outcomes associated with blood transfusions for adult traumatic brain injury patients. However, current evidence suggests that pediatric traumatic brain injury patients may respond to blood transfusions differently on a vascular level. This study examined the influence of blood transfusions and anemia on the outcome of pediatric traumatic brain injury patients. Design. A retrospective cohort analysis of severe pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients was undertaken to investigate the association between blood transfusions and anemia on patient outcomes...
2016: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
Adi Reuveni-Salzman, Guy Rosenthal, Oded Poznanski, Yigal Shoshan, Mony Benifla
OBJECTIVE: The prevalence of skull fractures after mild head trauma is 2 % in children of all ages and 11 % in children younger than 2 years. The current standard management for a child diagnosed with an isolated skull fracture (ISF), in our institute, is hospitalization for a 24-h observation period. Based on data from the literature, less than 1 % of all minor head injuries require neurosurgical intervention. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the risk of neurological deterioration of ISF cases, in order to assess the need for hospitalization...
September 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
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In the MMWR report, "Fatal Abusive Head Trauma Among Children Aged <5 Years - United States, 1999-2014," multiple errors occurred in the figure on page 507 (corrected text is noted by underline). The top box should have read, "The underlying cause code in the death record must indicate assault as the intent of injury." The bottom left box should have read, "Abusive head trauma diagnosis codes (S02.0-S02.1, S02.7-S02.9, S04.0, S06.0-S06.9, S07.1, S07.8-S07.9, S09.7-S09.8, T90.2, T90.5, T90.8-T90.9)." The bottom right box should have read, "Must exclude all abusive head trauma injury codes," and "Must exclude all of these traumatic brain injury diagnosis codes...
2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Gunjan Kamdar Tiyyagura, Marcie Gawel, Aimee Alphonso, Jeannette Koziel, Kyle Bilodeau, Kirsten Bechtel
BACKGROUND: Prehospital care providers are in a unique position to provide initial unadulterated information about the scene where a child is abusively injured or neglected. However, they receive minimal training with respect to detection of Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) and make few reports of suspected CAN to child protective services. AIMS: To explore barriers and facilitators to the recognition and reporting of CAN by prehospital care providers. DESIGN/METHODS: Twenty-eight prehospital care providers participated in a simulated case of infant abusive head trauma prior to participating in one-on-one semi-structured qualitative debriefs...
July 19, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
M Townsend Cooper, Edgardo Szyld, Paul M Darden
Anecdotal experiences raise concerns that abusive head trauma (AHT) is significantly underdiagnosed and perhaps poorly recognized in Latin American settings. With increasing interest in international collaboration in pediatrics, differences in perspectives regarding complex diagnoses should be explored to facilitate a productive exchange of knowledge and ideas. The purpose of this study was to describe the medical literature pertaining to AHT available to physicians who read only in Spanish. In this review, LILACS, SciELO (major Spanish language databases) and Pubmed were searched with appropriate terms and filters in English, Spanish, and Portuguese for Spanish language articles on AHT...
August 2016: Child Abuse & Neglect
Shunsuke Amagasa, Hikoro Matsui, Satoshi Tsuji, Takashi Moriya, Kosaku Kinoshita
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the accuracy of parental reports of infant trauma history. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 166 infants from 3 tertiary institutions in Japan that had suffered a traumatic intracranial hemorrhage between 2002 and 2013. The infants were classified into 3 groups based on the parents' report of the mechanism of injury: the low-risk group consisted of injuries sustained from falling off a height below 3 ft. (n=84); the middle-to-high-risk group comprised other mechanisms of injury (n=54); and the unknown-risk group consisted of unknown mechanisms of injury (n=28)...
September 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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July 12, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Scott Boop, Mary Axente, Blakely Weatherford, Paul Klimo
OBJECTIVE Research on pediatric abusive head trauma (AHT) has largely focused on clinical presentation and management. The authors sought to review a single-institution experience from a public health perspective to gain a better understanding of the local population affected, determine overall incidence and seasonal trends, and provide details on the initial hospitalization, including extent of injuries, neurosurgical interventions, and hospital charges. METHODS All cases of AHT involving patients who presented to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital (LBCH) from 2009 through 2014 were identified...
July 12, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Mak Adam Daulatzai
Sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder. It is essential to unravel its etiology and pathogenesis. This should enable us to study the presymptomatic stages of the disease and to analyze and reverse the antemortem behavioral, memory, and cognitive dysfunction. Prima facie, an ongoing chronic vulnerability involving neural insult may lead normal elderly to mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and then to AD. Development of effective preventive and therapeutic strategies to thwart the disease pathology obviously requires a thorough delineation of underlying disruptive neuropathological processes...
October 2016: Neurotoxicity Research
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