Causes of Fractures

Bones are fragile.  Child abuse pediatricians claim unexplained fractures in children are highly indicative of abuse, but the data doesn't support this claim.  There's a large number of causes of non-abusive fractures and radiological findings that can mimic abuse:

  • Radiological Error
  • Dysplastic Bone Abnormalities
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Congenital Insensitivity to Pain
  • Infectious Conditions
  • Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis
  • Birth Trauma (Forceps, Vacuum or even C-Section)
  • Scholiosis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Congenital Syphilis
  • Chondrodystrophies
  • Congenital Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoperosis
  • Osteopenia or Rickets of Prematurity
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Vitamin K Deficiency
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Vitamin C Defieicney
  • Rickets
  • Temporary Brittle Bone Disease
  • Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis
  • Infantile Myofibromatosis
  • Perthes’ Disease
  • Osteomalacia
  • Short Falls
  • Alagille syndrome
  • X-linked Hypophosphatemia
  • Bone Disease of Prematurity
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and other Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Copper Deficiency and Menkes Disease
  • Inherited Systemic Hyalinosis
  • Trauma of CPR
  • Metaphyseal Dysplasia
  • Use of Corticosteroids
  • Raine Syndrome
  • McCune Albright
  • Vitamin A Toxicity
  • Prostaglandin
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Syphilis
  • Caffey’s Disease