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The Bruised Premobile Infant: Should You Evaluate Further?

Feldman, Kenneth W. MD

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e318191db15
Illustrative Cases

Three premobile infants with unexplained bruising are described. Although, they were asymptomatic otherwise, evaluation led to the recognition of inflicted rib fractures in two and hemophilia A in one. Although such bruises are inconsequential themselves, they may provide the opportunity to recognize serious problems before major injury or morbidity occurs.

From the Department of Pediatrics, General Pediatric Division, the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, WA.

Reprints: Kenneth Feldman, MD, 2101 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122 (e-mail:

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.