Original ArticlesResuscitation and Prevalence of External Facial, Neck, and Chest Injuries in InfantsHlavaty, Leigh MD; Sung, LokMan MDAuthor Information From the Department of Pathology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, Detroit, MI. Manuscript received January 22, 2015; accepted June 7, 2015. The authors report no conflict of interest. Reprints: Leigh Hlavaty, MD, Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, 1300 E, Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48207. E-mail: [email protected]. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: December 2015 - Volume 36 - Issue 4 - p 301-304 doi: 10.1097/PAF.0000000000000187 Buy Metrics Abstract Cardiopulmonary resuscitation can transmit external injuries to the face, neck, and chest regions of infants. The aim of this study was to compare and contrast observations made during infant autopsies to delineate differences in the external appearance of those who did and those who did not receive resuscitation. We investigated 344 infant deaths between mid 2007 and 2013 in Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan, and identified 38 infants (11%) who displayed abrasions and/or contusions, independent of the cause of death. Of those, 27 infants (71%) were administered resuscitated whereas 11 infants (29%) were not. In both groups, contusions were more common in homicide cases and abrasions in nonhomicide ones, thus having the injuries more reflective of the cause of death than resuscitation. In addition, abrasions were frequently seen in infants who had not received resuscitation. © 2015 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.