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What Types of Children Are More Likely to Die From Abusive Head Trauma?


Background: Unfortunately, child abuse is endemic in this country. Annually, >120,000 children are victims of physical abuse in the United States. In 2009, >600 children died as a result of physical abuse, and the majority of those deaths were due to abusive head trauma (AHT). Apart from the mortality rates that reach as high as 35.7% due to AHT, various studies have shown that 42% to 96% of the survivors suffer significant morbidity, specifically neurologic morbidity. The morbidit more...
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