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Can a liver laceration mean there was child abuse?
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
depends on the age of the child and the circumstances .
If the facts on how injury occurred are sketchy and hard to believe than abuse is always in the differential .

In brief: Depends
depends on the age of the child and the circumstances .
If the facts on how injury occurred are sketchy and hard to believe than abuse is always in the differential .
Dr. Troy Reyna
Dr. Troy Reyna
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Could be
Liver gets enlarged if there is a issue with right heart, or problems by birth in liver - if these were not present then liver is most frequently injured abdominal organ after spleen , most often due to deceleration injuries , often seen in association with , right-sided rib fractures , right-sided pneumothorax , right lung contusion injuries to the right kidney or adrenal gland.

In brief: Could be
Liver gets enlarged if there is a issue with right heart, or problems by birth in liver - if these were not present then liver is most frequently injured abdominal organ after spleen , most often due to deceleration injuries , often seen in association with , right-sided rib fractures , right-sided pneumothorax , right lung contusion injuries to the right kidney or adrenal gland.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
In brief: Circumstances
Liver laceration is one of the most common forms of fatal or near-fatal child abuse.
It won't result from falling off a sofa, the dog didn't do it, and even inept CPR is unlikely to be the cause, though defense lawyers do it. A frustrated parent may kick a baby in the abdomen, not very hard, and just once -- and regret it the rest of their life.

In brief: Circumstances
Liver laceration is one of the most common forms of fatal or near-fatal child abuse.
It won't result from falling off a sofa, the dog didn't do it, and even inept CPR is unlikely to be the cause, though defense lawyers do it. A frustrated parent may kick a baby in the abdomen, not very hard, and just once -- and regret it the rest of their life.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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