Retinal Hemorrhages In Children More Common After Abusive Than Accidental Head Trauma

Medscape (5/3, Brauser) reported that, according to research presented at a pediatric ophthalmology meeting, “retinal hemorrhages (RH) in children are more common after abusive head trauma (AHT) than after accidental, non-AHT.” Researchers reviewed 62 studies encompassing “children younger than 11 years with RH due to confirmed AHT (n = 363) or confirmed non-AHT (n = 465) and no retinal comorbidity.” They found that “the overall prevalence of RH was 78% in patients with AHT and just 5.3% in those with non-AHT.”

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