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Can a spiral fracture in the humerus near the elbow happen in a 4 month old when the arm is grabbed by an adult man to keep the child from falling?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: I wouldn't buy that

You don't grab an arm or elbow on a 4mo to stop a fall, you grab their body.
Spiral fractures result from a twisting motion. While it might be possible in theory, the kid deserves a full body scan for other injuries and the family should be evaluated by social service for stressors. I would hospitalize such a kid for safety until a full evaluation was completed, using a court order if required.

In brief: I wouldn't buy that

You don't grab an arm or elbow on a 4mo to stop a fall, you grab their body.
Spiral fractures result from a twisting motion. While it might be possible in theory, the kid deserves a full body scan for other injuries and the family should be evaluated by social service for stressors. I would hospitalize such a kid for safety until a full evaluation was completed, using a court order if required.
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes it could

Yes it could happen depend on how the adult hold the infant at the time of the fall.

In brief: Yes it could

Yes it could happen depend on how the adult hold the infant at the time of the fall.
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possible

It is possible but one must always worry about child abuse.

In brief: Possible

It is possible but one must always worry about child abuse.
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3 comments
Dr. Austin Yeargan
yes. consider the setting.
Dr. Austin Yeargan
setting it occurred in that is
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