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Characteristics of child abuse by anteroposterior manual compression versus cardiopulmonary resuscitation: case reports.

Authors
  • Gunther, W M
  • Symes, S A
  • Berryman, H E
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2000
Volume
21
Issue
1
Pages
5–10
Identifiers
PMID: 10739220
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Lethal and sublethal injuries to infants caused by anteroposterior manual compression can be accompanied by lateral rib fractures, hemorrhage into the viscera, and when severe, rupture of large vessels and solid organs. Abusers may claim that these injuries were sustained in an attempt to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The difference between injuries caused by CPR and injuries caused by inflicted anteroposterior compression is examined in one sublethal and two lethal cases.

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