n South African Medical Journal - Clinical images : non-accidental injury - 'the silent pandemic' : forum

Volume 100, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



An 11-month-old child, brought to hospital by his 16-year-old mother, had allegedly fallen from a bed while unsupervised. He had multiple traumatic skin lesions (Fig. 1) and radiographs revealed multiple fractures (Figs 2 - 4). Retinoscopy and a computed tomography scan of the brain revealed no haemorrhages. The fractures were managed according to standard orthopaedic protocols and social workers were consulted.

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