Abusive head trauma includes Shaken Baby Syndrome but also includes other injuries inflicted by an adult on a child. The main issue can be that children stop breathing and the lack of oxygen to the brain causes diffuse injury, and thus poor outcome.
Rachel Berger MD, MPH is part of the Child Advocacy Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and a member of the hospital’s Child Protection Team. She has been involved in the evaluation of thousands of children with suspected child abuse and neglect.
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