Non-Abusive Issues that Mimic Abusive Head Trauma

Among our many new and upcoming titles is the Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Pocket Atlas Series.  Consisting of two volumes, this series joins our other Abusive Head Trauma related titles in helping to identify Abusive Head Trauma, and to rule out abusive trauma in cases where medical issues and head injuries may emulate the effects of abuse.  Ruling out the possibility of these alternative issues is incredibly crucial in properly identifying child abuse, preventing misdiagnoses, and ensuring that no wrongful conviction of child abuse occurs, as well as ensuring that if an alternative medical issue is present, it is properly treated.  For these reasons the second book in our new series focuses entirely on that.

In a compact and convenient format, Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Pocket Atlas: Medical Mimics summarizes and provides a full-color photographic guide to identifying medical alternatives to abusive head trauma.  Here is a brief summary of some of the alternative issues addressed in the atlas:

Birth Trauma

Birth Trauma can imitate Abusive Head Trauma because they both often result in fractured skulls, hematomas, and hemorrhaging.  Recent studies are reporting higher incidences of cranial birth trauma than originally suspected.

Congenital Malformations

Congenital Malformations can lead to intracranial hemorrhage which can be mistaken for the hemorrhaging associated with Abusive Head Trauma.

Genetic and Metabolic Disorders

Hemorrhages and fractures can be caused by certain disorders, and these can often be identified rather easily with medical screening and knowledge of the individual’s medical history.

Autoimmune Conditions

Autoimmune disorders can be very serious and often imitate Abusive Head Trauma.  Medical professionals should be sure to consider the possibility of autoimmune conditions whenever clinically appropriate.

Medical Complications

Medical and surgical complications can result in hemorrhaging or direct damage to the central nervous system.

And more

For more information on conditions that resemble abusive head trauma, Medical Mimics is available now.  Other titles focusing on abusive head trauma include our comprehensive desk reference, quick reference, and the first volume of our pocket atlas series.

 

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