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Child Abuse

Skull Fracture

04/04/2006

Question:

can a skull fracture to the back of the head happened as a result of falling out of the bed.

Answer:

Yes, this is a possible cause for skull fracture.  However, because there are different types and degrees of skull fracture, an opinion whether a particular fracture could result from a fall from a bed cannot be determined in this forum.

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Response by:

Robert Shapiro, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati