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Potentially life-threatening emergency
Physical child abuse in Infant/Neonate
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Potentially life-threatening emergency

Physical child abuse in Infant/Neonate

Contributors: Mary Spencer MD, Noah Craft MD, PhD, Ann Lenane MD, Amy Swerdlin MD, Manasi Kadam Ladrigan MD, Carol Berkowitz MD
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Synopsis

Physical child abuse means injury to the child either caused purposely or by neglect. Physical abuse can occur in children of any age but has a mean age of 6 years. Neonates and infants are at highest risk for serious injury or death; death is less common after 1 year of age. It can occur by hitting, whipping, biting, kicking, choking, shaking, burning, or any physical mean. Risk factors for abuse include children of teenaged parents, children with developmental disorders or illnesses, substance abuse in the home, violence between siblings, unwanted pregnancy, and poverty.

Related topic: child sexual abuse

Codes

ICD10CM:
T76.12XA – Child physical abuse, suspected, initial encounter

SNOMEDCT:
371779005 – Physical child abuse

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Last Updated:01/30/2022
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Potentially life-threatening emergency
Physical child abuse in Infant/Neonate
Physical child abuse : Excoriation, Geometric configuration, Laceration, Linear configuration, Skin erosion, Ecchymosis
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