Inflicted Thoracoabdominal Trauma

Gloria S. Lee, Lori D. Frasier

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Inflicted trauma to the abdomen and thorax is an important cause of mortality and the second leading cause of death due to child physical abuse. This chapter explores the epidemiology, clinical presentation, laboratory evaluations, and recommended imaging studies for young children who are suspected to have inflicted thoracoabdominal trauma. Multiple case studies of inflicted abdominal and thoracic trauma are discussed throughout the chapter. The chapter concludes with a recommendation that a comprehensive assessment of all children suspected of abuse should include a multidisciplinary team approach. This approach may prevent a delay in appropriate medical interventions and provide a more detailed analysis of abusive mechanisms with potential legal protections for the child.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan
Subtitle of host publicationA Project of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV)
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319899992
ISBN (Print)9783319899985
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine


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