Cervical spine injury common in children under age 2 with abusive head trauma

From the Emergency Medicine Journal:

Cervical spine injuries may be more prevalent than previously thought among young children who sustain abusive head trauma, results of a 4-year, multicenter, retrospective study presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies have shown.

Of children with abusive head trauma (AHT) who received cervical CT or MRI scans, 31% had abnormal findings. The most common cervical spine injuries were hemorrhagic (23.7%), with ligamentous abnormalities less common (8.7%).

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