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Pediatric Child Abuse

Julio J Jauregui, Dean C Perfetti, Frank S Cautela, David B Frumberg, Qais Naziri, Carl B Paulino
BACKGROUND: Although rare, spinal injuries associated with abuse can have potentially devastating implications in the pediatric population. We analyzed the association of pediatric spine injury in abused children and determined the anatomic level of the spine affected, while also focusing on patient demographics, length of stay, and total hospital charges compared with spine patients without a diagnosis of abuse. METHODS: A retrospective review of the Kids' Inpatient Database was conducted from 2000 to 2012 to identify pediatric patients (below 18 y) who sustained vertebral column fractures or spinal cord injuries...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
John Jacob Cannell, Michael F Holick
When an infant presents with X-rays showing multiple unexplained fractures in various stages of healing (MUFVSH), the child is usually diagnosed with child abuse based on criteria of the Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect (AAPCCAAN). Almost always, the infant is subsequently removed from the home and civil or criminal proceeding commence. It may be that healing infantile rickets or other poorly understood metabolic bone disorders of infancy are responsible for these x-rays. Activated vitamin D is a seco-steroid hormone, whose mechanism of action is genetic regulation...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Isabel Gomila, Victoria López-Corominas, Manuela Pellegrini, Loreto Quesada, Elena Miravet, Simona Pichini, Bernardino Barceló
Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP), also known as fabricated or induced illness in a child by a caretaker, is a form of abuse where a caregiver deliberately produces or feigns illness in a person under his or her care, so that the proxy will receive medical care that gratifies the caregiver. The affected children are often hospitalized for long periods and endure repetitive, painful and expensive diagnostic attempts. We present an analytically confirmed case of MSBP by alimemazine. A 3-year-old boy was brought repetitively to a Pediatric Emergency Department by his mother because he presented limb tremors, dysarthria, obnubilation, and ataxia and generalized tonic-clonic seizures coinciding with intermittent fever...
September 2016: Forensic Science International
S Touzet-Roumazeille, L Jayyosi, Y Plenier, E Guyot, T Guillard, C François
Children represent a population at risk, because of their short size, their naivety and their attraction to animals. The face and hands are the most specific locations in young children. Wounds are often multiple. In more than half the cases, the child knows the animal, which are dogs and cats by frequency argument. The bite episode occurs mostly when the child is alone with the pet without direct supervision, while playing or stroking the animal. As in all bites, pediatric lesions are infectious, functional and aesthetic emergencies, but the goal of this work was primarily to make a point on principles of surgical management of animal bites in children, highlighting pediatric specificities...
October 2016: Annales de Chirurgie Plastique et Esthétique
Marcela Montenegro Braga Barroso, Luiza Martins Salvador, Ulysses Fagundes Neto
OBJECTIVE: To describe the case of two siblings with severe protein-calorie malnutrition due to abuse by starvation. CASES DESCRIPTION: The two patients were simultaneously referred from the Municipal Hospital, where they were admitted to the Pediatric Gastroenterology clinic of a university hospital for diagnostic investigation of the cause of severe malnutrition and screening tests for Celiac Disease, Cystic Fibrosis and Environmental enteropathy among others...
June 21, 2016: Revista Paulista de Pediatria: Orgão Oficial da Sociedade de Pediatria de São Paulo
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
Ashley E Smith, Julia Hudnut-Beumler, Seth J Scholer
Objectives Inappropriate discipline such as harsh physical punishment is a social determinant of health. The objective was to determine if a brief parent training intervention that teaches discipline strategies is culturally sensitive. Methods English or Spanish-speaking parents of 1-5 year old children viewed a multimedia program that teaches appropriate discipline strategies. The intervention, Play Nicely, was viewed in the exam room before the physician's visit. Parents viewed 4 of 20 discipline strategies of their choosing; the average viewing time was 7 min...
July 16, 2016: Maternal and Child Health Journal
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
Laura A Leaman, William L Hennrikus, James J Bresnahan
PURPOSE: Fractures are the second most common presentation of child abuse following soft-tissue bruising and burns. It is often difficult to determine potential abuse in a child presenting with a non-rib fracture(s) and without soft-tissue injuries. METHODS: One hundred and fifteen consecutive patients aged ≤2 years who presented with a fracture between January 2010 and June 2012 to our emergency department (ED) or pediatric fracture clinic were retrospectively analyzed...
August 2016: Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
Andrea L Austin, Julia N Magana, Sherri L Rudinsky, Steven J Portouw
BACKGROUND: The most common cause of genital lesions is herpes simplex virus (HSV) (Pediatr Dermatol. 2012;29:147-153). However, in children and adolescents who are not sexually active, several other causes need to be considered. CASE: A 13-year-old adolescent girl presented to the emergency department with genital lesions. A gynecologist was consulted at time of presentation for concerns of a primary HSV infection and concurred. Final HSV and sexually transmitted infection testing were subsequently negative...
June 21, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Ali Hosseininasab, Aliasghar Vahidi, Fatemeh Bagheri-Charouk
BACKGROUND: Methadone is a synthetic opioid that has been used to relieve severe pain in addiction withdrawal. Unfortunately, due to non-standard supply and storage, the incidence of poisoning and deaths caused by this drug is increasing daily. The purpose of this study was to determine the underlying causes of methadone poisoning in children admitted to Kerman Afzalipour Hospital, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran, during 2012. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was performed on 105 children diagnosed with methadone poisoning and admitted to the pediatric emergency ward at Kerman Afzalipour Hospital...
2016: Addiction & Health
Erica I Hodgman, Rachel A Pastorek, Melody R Saeman, Michael W Cripps, Ira H Bernstein, Steven E Wolf, Karen J Kowalske, Brett D Arnoldo, Herb A Phelan
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric burns due to abuse are unfortunately relatively common, accounting for 5.8-8.8% of all cases of abuse annually. Our goal was to evaluate our 36-year experience in the evaluation and management of the victims of abuse in the North Texas area. METHODS: A prospectively maintained database containing records on all admissions from 1974 through 2010 was queried for all patients aged less than 18 years. Patients admitted for management of a non-burn injury were excluded from the analysis...
August 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Kanani E Titchen, Douglas Katz, Kidian Martinez, Krishna White
The topic of child sex trafficking is receiving increased attention both in the lay press and in research articles. Recently, a number of physician organizations have issued policy statements calling for the education and involvement of physicians in combating this form of "modern-day slavery." Primary care and emergency medicine physicians have led these efforts, but a number of these victims may present to surgeons. Surgeons are in a unique position to identify trafficked patients; during the process of undraping, intubation, and surgical preparation, signs of trafficking such as tattoos, scars, dental injuries, and bruising may be evident...
May 2016: Pediatrics
Yoshihiro Yonekawa, Wei-Chi Wu, Shunji Kusaka, Joshua Robinson, Daishi Tsujioka, Kai B Kang, Michael J Shapiro, Tapas R Padhi, Lubhani Jain, Jonathan E Sears, Ajay E Kuriyan, Audina M Berrocal, Polly A Quiram, Amanda E Gerber, R V Paul Chan, Karyn E Jonas, Sui Chien Wong, C K Patel, Ashkan M Abbey, Rand Spencer, Michael P Blair, Emmanuel Y Chang, Thanos D Papakostas, Demetrios G Vavvas, Robert A Sisk, Philip J Ferrone, Robert H Henderson, Karl R Olsen, M Elizabeth Hartnett, Felix Y Chau, Shizuo Mukai, Timothy G Murray, Benjamin J Thomas, P Anthony Meza, Kimberly A Drenser, Michael T Trese, Antonio Capone
PURPOSE: To determine the feasibility and safety of bilateral simultaneous vitreoretinal surgery in pediatric patients. DESIGN: International, multicenter, interventional, retrospective case series. PARTICIPANTS: Patients 17 years of age or younger from 24 centers worldwide who underwent immediate sequential bilateral vitreoretinal surgery (ISBVS)-defined as vitrectomy, scleral buckle, or lensectomy using the vitreous cutter-performed in both eyes sequentially during the same anesthesia session...
August 2016: Ophthalmology
Jennifer K Lee, Ken M Brady, Nina Deutsch
Abusive head trauma (AHT) is the most common cause of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in infants and the leading cause of child abuse-related deaths. For reasons that remain unclear, mortality rates after moderate AHT rival those of severe nonintentional TBI. The vulnerability of the developing brain to injury may be partially responsible for the poor outcomes observed after AHT. AHT is mechanistically more complex than nonintentional TBI. The acute-on-chronic nature of the trauma along with synergistic injury mechanisms that include rapid rotation of the brain, diffuse axonal injury, blunt force trauma, and hypoxia-ischemia make AHT challenging to treat...
June 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Mary E Fallat, Anita P Barbee, Richard Forest, Mary E McClure, Katy Henry, Michael R Cunningham
OBJECTIVE: To understand effective ways for EMS providers to interact with distressed family members during a field intervention involving a recent or impending out-of-hospital (OOH) pediatric death. METHODS: Eight focus groups with 98 EMS providers were conducted in urban and rural settings between November 2013 and March 2014. Sixty-eight providers also completed a short questionnaire about a specific event including demographics. Seventy-eight percent of providers were males, 13% were either African American or Hispanic, and the average number of years in EMS was 16 years...
May 18, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Mónica E Bella, Vanesa Borgiattino
INTRODUCTION: Health care services show epidemiological changes and an increase in the number of consultations due to mental causes and violence without having the necessary capacity to respond to this increasing demand. OBJECTIVE: To analyze and compare the demand for hospitalization due to psychosocial causes in a pediatric hospital during three different periods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Descriptive, retrospective study. The cases were children/adolescents hospitalized for psychosocial causes at Hospital de Niños de la Santísima Trinidad, Córdoba...
June 1, 2016: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
George Sam Wang
An "unintended consequence" of marijuana legalization is the impact on the pediatric population. From prenatal exposure to unintentional childhood exposures, through concerns of adolescence abuse and marijuana use for medicinal indications in children, marijuana exposure can affect pediatric patients at every stage in childhood. Regardless of the stage or reason of exposure, concerns exist about short-term and long-term consequences in a child's physical and mental health. The use of cannabidiol (CBD) may have some benefit for the treatment of epilepsy, but emphasis needs to be on rigorous clinical trials to evaluate efficacy and safety...
May 2, 2016: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
M Rebollo Polo
TEACHING OBJECTIVES: To review the most common and most important diseases and disorders of the central nervous system (CNS) in pediatric emergencies, discussing the indications for different imaging tests in each context. DISCUSSION: In pediatric patients, acute neurologic symptoms (seizures, deteriorating level of consciousness, focal neurologic deficits, etc.) can appear in diverse clinical situations (trauma, child abuse, meningoencephalitis, ischemia…). It is important to decide on the most appropriate neuroimaging diagnostic algorithm for each situation and age group, as well as to know the signs of the most typical lesions that help us in the etiological differential diagnosis...
May 2016: Radiología
S Meyer, M Poryo, O Clasen, J Schlote, P Schmidt, D Schöndorf, S Lehmann-Kannt, L Gortner
CLINICAL ISSUE: Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment, or neglect of a child or children. Child maltreatment is defined as any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child. Child abuse can occur in a child's home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with. There are four major categories of child abuse: neglect, physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, and sexual abuse...
May 2016: Der Radiologe
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