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Child Abuse

Sprial Fracture of the Leg

05/22/2006

Question:

Can a 7 year old boy cause a spiral fracture on an 14 month old baby girl by jumping on her leg on an unsturdy surface?

Answer:

It is not possible to answer your question without reviewing records and films.  However, spiral fractures can be caused by accidental as well as inflicted trauma.

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Response by:

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