First rib fractures in abused infants: A report of three cases

John D. Melville, James L Lukefahr, Ewell A Clarke

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Abstract

The authors describe 4 first rib fractures in 3 infants, highlighting the difficulty in detecting first rib fractures on skeletal survey. All 4 fractures were the result of physical abuse. A literature search does not find a case of first rib fracture in a healthy infant that is not the result of child abuse. The diagnosis of first rib fracture in an infant should prompt a thorough medical and social evaluation for child abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-430
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Volume51
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

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Keywords

  • child abuse
  • infant
  • rib fracture

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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First rib fractures in abused infants : A report of three cases. / Melville, John D.; Lukefahr, James L; Clarke, Ewell A.

In: Clinical Pediatrics, Vol. 51, No. 5, 05.2012, p. 426-430.

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Melville, JD, Lukefahr, JL & Clarke, EA 2012, 'First rib fractures in abused infants: A report of three cases', Clinical Pediatrics, vol. 51, no. 5, pp. 426-430. https://doi.org/10.1177/0009922811430343
Melville, John D. ; Lukefahr, James L ; Clarke, Ewell A. / First rib fractures in abused infants : A report of three cases. In: Clinical Pediatrics. 2012 ; Vol. 51, No. 5. pp. 426-430.
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