Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Pocket Atlas, Vol. 2: Medical Mimics

To help medical and legal professionals differentiate between abusive head trauma and other head injuries, Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Pocket Atlas Volume 2: Medical Mimics includes an extensive list of diagnoses that may be mistaken as abuse.

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Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Pocket Atlas
Volume 2: Medical Mimics

Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma, Volume 2: Medical Mimics provides in-depth guidelines for the diagnosis of injuries resembling abusive head trauma in children. It covers the differential diagnoses that may be confused with abusive head trauma, such as birth trauma, metabolic disorders, autoimmune conditions, oncologic mimics, and infectious diseases.

This atlas serves as a crucial reference for medical and legal investigations of possible abusive head trauma cases. With its inclusion of full-color radiologic images and photos taken during physical examinations, this text is an ideal reference for medical practitioners who work with children. In cases of abuse, it will serve as a guideline for ruling out alternative possibilities and commencing the trial and treatment of child abuse cases.

Features & Benefits:

  • 60 high-quality radiographic images and photos
  • Detailed exploration of conditions that mimic abusive injury
  • Compact and lightweight for on-the-go use
Product Details:

Perfect Bound 9×6 inches
184 pages, 60 images, 21 contributors


Physicians, Pediatricians, Radiologists, Neurologists, Ophthalmologists, Neurosurgeons, Medical Examiners, Forensic Pathologists, Pediatric Nurses, Emergency Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Forensic Nurses, Law Enforcement Personnel, Prosecutors, Social Workers, Child Protection Professionals, Victim Advocates, Child Advocates, College and Medical Library Administrators

Publication date:

February 2016


978-1-936590-51-3 (Print)
978-1-936590-52-0 (eBook)

Table of Contents


Biomechanics of AHT

Outcomes of AHT

Medical Mimics of Abusive Head Trauma
1. Birth Trauma
2. Congenital Malformations
3. Benign Extra Axial Fluid of Infancy
4. Genetic and Metabolic Disorders
5. Hematological Diseases and Disorders of Coagulation and Clotting
6. Autoimmune and Vasculitic Conditions
7. Medical and Surgical Complications With Resultant Intracranial Hemorrhages
8. Infectious Diseases
9. Oncologic Mimics
10. Superior Sagittal Sinus Thrombosis
11. Toxins, Poisons, and Nutritional Deficiencies
12. Short Falls
13. Motor Vehicle Collisions
14. Mimics of Abusive Fractures

Lori D. Frasier, MD, FAAP

Lori Frasier is the medical director of Medical Assessment at the Center for Safe and Healthy Families at Primary Children’s Medical Center and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. Formerly, she was an assistant professor of Child Health and the director of the Child Protection Program and Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Lori Frasier graduated from the University of Utah College of Medicine in 1995, completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center/University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and held a fellowship at the University of Washington’s Sexual Assault Center. Lori Frasier has authored several articles and chapters and lectured locally, regionally, and nationally on subjects related to child maltreatment.

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Tanya S. Hinds, MD, FAAP

Tanya Hinds, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and a Board Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician. She is also an Attending in Child Abuse Pediatrics at the Child and Adolescent Protection Center at Children’s National Medical Center. In addition to patient care, she serves as the Course Director of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Medical Student Elective, a member of the Residency Selection Committee, and a member of the Trauma Committee at Children’s National. She is an active participant in the District of Columbia’s Multidisciplinary Team on Child Abuse. She is also a member of several national organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the Ray E. Helfer Society. She is part of several child maltreatment research efforts at Children’s National, lectures locally and nationally, and frequently testifies in child abuse cases in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Francois Maurice Luyet, MD

Francois Luyet, a board certified Pediatrician. After graduating from University of Geneva Medical School, he completed his residency at Montreal Children’s Hospital in 1975. He is currently committed to locum tenens work at Marshfield Clinic in Wausau Wisconsin and Minocqua Wisconsin along with urgent care work at the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation. Francois Luyet has had experience in group and individual pediatric care, newborn nursery care, and child abuse pediatrics. He has served overseas on medical volunteering trips to Peru, Ethiopia, and Uganda.

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Having been involved in child protection investigations and prosecutions for over 15 years, I can say that every serious unexplained injury of a child presents challenges to medical professionals, law enforcement, CPS, and courts. It is important that professionals in each of these domains have access to the most reliable information with which to meet these challenges.

Most lawyers and judges, and certainly most jurors, do not come into the courtroom with a particularly strong background in medical science. To an untrained person, the line between good science and junk science can be difficult to discern. To be effective, attorneys must be familiar enough with the science underlying medical evidence to be able to elicit the medical testimony in a way that is understandable and helpful to the listener.

Child protection investigations and litigation typically proceed at the accelerated pace necessitated by the critical need to protect children who are at risk of harm, and it is of the utmost importance for all involved to get it right. Betting it wrong means either leaving children in danger or, perhaps needlessly, disrupting custody and relationship between parent and child.

This book provides a valuable resource for Child Protective Services investigation staff and attorneys. Concise and authoritative, this book will assist the nonmedical professional in formulating the questions and avenues of inquiry that will help to get at the truth of situations which can involve complex fact patterns, conflicting witness statements, ostensibly unwitnessed events, and defense claims which mirror defense theories easily available on the Internet.

Zev Kianovsky
Assistant Corporation Counsel
Dodge County, Wisconsin

Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma is an excellent resource that provides both superb visual depictions and discussions of traumatic head injuries. Case illustrations, detailed annotations, and a current reference lists make each chapter a treasure trove for clinicians, particularly for those who educate students, residents, and fellows. Multiple medical conditions that could be confused with abusive head trauma, such as birth trauma, disorders of coagulation, and genetic disorders, are included, which makes this 2-volume atlas an invaluable reference to use in exploring alternative hypotheses in both clinical care and courtroom settings.

Lynn K. Sheets, MD, FAAP
Medical Director & Professor
Child Advocacy
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Medical findings can sometimes be misdiagnosed by other examiners due to inexperience or lack of exposure. As a forensic examiner and consultant, I am sometimes asked to review such situations. This book has clear examples that can be used as teaching tools to further the education of examiners, particularly in peer review. This book was well organized with clear photographs that exemplified some examples of medical conditions that mimic child abuse. This is a worthwhile addition to any forensic examiner’s library.

Carol Klamser DNP, FNP-BC, AFN-BC, SANE-A

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