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Dr Camille De San Lazaro
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Eleven newborn babies of normal weights sustained falls onto a hard surface in hospital. The one baby who fell from >1 m sustained clinical and radiological trauma and encephalopathy, with a skull fracture and cerebral contusion. No other baby demonstrated neurological signs despite the presence of parietal skull fractures in four of six who were x rayed; only two babies had scalp swelling. The findings suggest that parietal fractures can result from very low-level falls, and scalp swelling is a poor marker for underlying fracture.
Author(s): Ruddick C, Ward Platt MP, De San Lazaro C
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal & Neonatal Edition
Print publication date: 01/03/2010
ISSN (print): 1359-2998
ISSN (electronic): 1468-2052
Publisher: BMJ Group
PubMed id: 20231220
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