When are spine fractures associated with child abuse?

Major traumatic child abuse may involve spinal fractures. Spinal injuries usually involve injuries caused by hyperflexion and hyperextension that happens with shaking and blunt trauma. Infants suffer spinal injuries more frequently than children of any other age group. The presentation of spinal injury in an infant is indicative of child abuse when no reasonable mechanism of injury is known to have occurred.   
Christopher Keane
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