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Spiral Fracture of the Femur

01/26/2007

Question:

Are spiral fractures of the femur of a 3 week old baby common. Parents have not explanation as to how the injury occurred?

Answer:

No, fractures in 3 week old infants are uncommon.  Many, if not most, fractures at this age are the result of abusive acts. 

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Response by:

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