shaken baby syndrome

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Dr. John T. Hanna answered:

Can an infant survive shaken baby syndrome?

Yes

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Many fairly severe head injuries in children are recoverable. Current research suggests that the brain has remarkable ability to recover and is considered to be more and more "plastic" than we previously thought.
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Could osteogenesis imperfecta look similar to shaken baby syndrome in a deceased infant?

Location/type of fx

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OI has several sub forms and the type & location of their Fx are often used to help classify their subgroup. That said, the type and pattern of intentional trauma is recognizable. Breaks that show symetrical shoulder fx from shaking of a child lifted by his upper arms/ circumferential skull fx, etc. I believe a sub-board of Pediatrics recognises those with the added training to sort these out.
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What is shaken baby syndrome?

Pattern of injury

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The SBS refers to a few physical findings that suggest that a baby was violently shaken. Most notable are petecial hemorrhages within the retina that are visible to exam of the inner eye.These reflect violent pressure that has causes tiny blood vessels to burst.Brain hemorrhage from the same process is common & sometimes bone chips are sheared off the upper arms at the same time.
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Dr. Jason Adler answered:

Describe shaken baby syndrome?

Shaken baby syndrome

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This is a condition now known as abusive head injury, wherein a child experiences injury to the brain due to head trauma. The trauma often results from violent shaking or from blunt force injury to the head. Symptoms may vary from mild to severe, including coma and death. There are certain characteristic findings that may be present on physical exam. Imaging may aid diagnosis.
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Dr. Jason Adler answered:

What is this shaken baby syndrome?

Shaken baby syndrome

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This is a condition now known as abusive head injury, wherein a child experiences injury to the brain due to head trauma. The trauma often results from violent shaking or from blunt force injury to the head. Symptoms may vary from mild to severe, including coma and death. There are certain characteristic findings that may be present on physical exam. Imaging may aid diagnosis.
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Dr. John T. Hanna answered:

What happens in shaken baby syndrome?

Brain Injury

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The brain bounces back and forth in the skull resulting in bruising and brocken blood vessels. If severe enough increase in intracranial pressure and inability to get the nutrition it needs to stay alive. In ability for the fluid then to drain resulting in hydrocephalous.
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Dr. Jason Adler answered:

What are the symptoms of shaken baby syndrome?

Abusive head injury

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The term 'shaken baby syndrome' has been replaced by the term 'abusive head injury.' The symptoms are variable and can range from mild to none to coma and death. There are often characteristic injuries to the child produced with abusive head injury that lead to the diagnosis s
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Is there any way to treat shaken baby syndrome?

Supportive care

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Shaken baby syndrome is one cause brain injury that can lead to long term disabilities. It fits as a cause of cerebral palsy, and recovery and treatments are similar to CP from other causes. Infants have more capacity to improve than adults from the same injury, so PT,OT & speach Rx may maximize improvement. Unfortunately some SBS cases have major brain injury & may not gain much function.
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Dr. William Goldie answered:

What are the symptoms of shaken baby syndrome?

Like the flu

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Vomiting, lethargy, irritability are all signs of the sort of injury that is caused by shaking. These same signs are often mistaken for the flu. Shaking causes bleeding in and around the baby's brain that causes the symptoms. CT scans and MRIs are often necessary to confirm the diagnostic impression. Other signs of injury may be present with bruising and rib and long bone fractures.
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Dr. Mika Hiramatsu answered:

What are the consequences of shaken baby syndrome?

Worst case: death

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Shaken baby syndrome causes brain injury; therefore, brain damage is the consequence -- developmental delays, school difficulties. But because it is a form of child abuse there are many other consequences -- bonding problems, emotional problems, fear, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
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