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Shaken baby syndrome

Summary of Shaken baby syndrome
Shaken baby syndrome is a constellation of medical findings: subdural hematoma, retinal bleeding, and brain swelling from which physicians, consistent with current medical understanding, infer child abuse caused by violent shaking. In a majority of cases there is no visible sign of external injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies SBS as "an injury to the skull or intracranial contents of an infant or young child (< 5 years of age) due to inflicted blunt impact and/or violent shaking".



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Shaken baby syndrome

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USMLE® Step 1 style questions USMLE

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USMLE® Step 2 style questions USMLE

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A 9-week-old infant is brought to the emergency department for evaluation of somnolence. The parent states that he left the infant sleeping on the couch, but after stepping away for a few minutes to make lunch, he found his baby on the floor next to the couch. Since then, the infant has been sleepy. Vitals are within normal limits. On physical examination, the infant appears lethargic and difficult to arouse. The anterior fontanelle is full and without associated bruising on the scalp. Ocular examination demonstrates bilateral retinal hemorrhages. Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?  

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