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Does having a fractured clavicle mean that there was child abuse?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually not

This is a very common accidental injury at all ages, even in the process of getting born.
It's not the typical injury inflicted by an abuser.

In brief: Usually not

This is a very common accidental injury at all ages, even in the process of getting born.
It's not the typical injury inflicted by an abuser.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatrics - Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Fractured clavicle

It can be due to child abuse, but this is one of the fractures that is not uncommonly seen after birth, particularly in a large baby with a difficult labor. In general, when seen in isolation it is probably not due to child abuse.

In brief: Fractured clavicle

It can be due to child abuse, but this is one of the fractures that is not uncommonly seen after birth, particularly in a large baby with a difficult labor. In general, when seen in isolation it is probably not due to child abuse.
Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

The clavicle (collar bone) is the most commonly fractured bone in the body.
Typically it breaks following a fall on an outstretched arm. Simply being fractured is not a sign of child abuse, but repeated injuries or a history inconsistent with the injury may suggest either abuse or even an underlying metabolic problem. A concern of abuse should be directed to local authority or an abuse hotline.

In brief: No

The clavicle (collar bone) is the most commonly fractured bone in the body.
Typically it breaks following a fall on an outstretched arm. Simply being fractured is not a sign of child abuse, but repeated injuries or a history inconsistent with the injury may suggest either abuse or even an underlying metabolic problem. A concern of abuse should be directed to local authority or an abuse hotline.
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