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Head trauma outcomes of verifiable falls in newborn babies

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Martin Ward Platt, 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.

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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

Year: 2010

Volume: 95

Issue: 2

Pages: F144-F145

Print publication date: 01/03/2010

ISSN (print): 1359-2998

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2052

Publisher: BMJ Group


DOI: 10.1136/adc.2008.143131

PubMed id: 20231220


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