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SHORT FALLS IN CHILDREN – A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

Moss, Daniel

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Pathology - Journal of the RCPA: 2010 - Volume 42 - Issue - p S28
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Fatal head injuries in infants and young children are amongst the most difficult, and controversial, cases that forensic pathologists have to deal with. The issue of whether a short fall, i.e., a matter of a few feet, can cause a fatal head injury is one that many authors have tried to prove or disprove, and is the subject of much debate in the medical literature. The aim of this talk is to review not just the autopsy/forensic literature, but also that from the clinical literature, including paediatrics, paediatric orthopaedics and paediatric neurosurgery. Particular emphasis will be placed on the types and severity of injuries that have been recorded in the context of short falls.

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