Distal humeral physeal injuries in child abuse: MR imaging and ultrasonography findings

K. Nimkin, P. K. Kleinman, S. Teeger, M. R. Spevak

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Abstract

Distal humeral physeal injuries, in particular, fracture-separation of the distal humeral epiphysis, can be seen in abused infants. Detection of physeal injury in an infant or toddler may indicate the possibility of unsuspected abuse, particularly when an appropriate history explaining the circumstance of the fracture is lacking. In addition, the extent of injury can be difficult to characterize on plain radiographs. Ultrasonography (US) and MR imaging (MRI) may be of value in diagnosis and may obviate the need for intraoperative arthrography. We present MRI findings in three abused children with distal humeral physeal injuries. Sonographic correlation is alos presented in one case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-565
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric radiology
Volume25
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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