Shaken Baby Syndrome Suggestive of The Diagnosis of Osteogenesis Imperfecta in Newborn
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Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Selcuk University, Selçuklu Medical Faculty, Konya, Turkey
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Abant İzzet Baysal University, Medical Faculty, Bolu, Turkey
Department of Psychiatry, Selcuk University, Selçuklu Medical Faculty, Konya, Turkey
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Konya University, Meram Medical Faculty, Konya, Turkey
Publication date: 2013-07-09
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Ali Annagür   

Selçuk Üniversitesi, Selçuklu Tıp Fakültesi, Yenidoğan Servisi, Selçuklu /Konya, Turkey
Eur J Gen Med 2013;10(3):173-177
Physical child abuse may occur in a broad range of disorders from a mild soft tissue injury to a severe brain damage leading to death. The head trauma resulted from physical abuse is the main reason for the severe and fatal injuries in children, and arises with the clinical triad of externally seen trauma signs, subdural hemorrhage and retinal hemorrhage. In this article, we report a case of shaken baby aged 20-day, who was referred to our clinic with the diagnosis of late neonatal sepsis and osteogenesis imperfecta. A 20-day-old baby was presented to the emergency department of an outer health center with the complaints of restlessness and non-breastfeeding was considered as sepsis, and subsequently when multiple fractures were detected in the radiological investigations, a diagnosis of osteogenesis imperfecta was also considered, and the baby was referred to our hospital. In the examination of the extremities, he had swelling, ecchymose and limited mobility in both arms and the left calf. The extremity radiograms revealed body fractures in both humeri and the left femur. Radiological investigations are very important for the diagnosis of physical abuse, which causes serious mortality and morbidity and is usually difficult to diagnose because of a wrong medical history given by family members or a history taken by the physician carelessly. Discordance between the history given by the family and the radiological findings should be warning for the physician, and the radiological findings must be assessed carefully.
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