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Salokorpi, N., Sinikumpu, JJ. & Serlo, W. Abusive head trauma in small children — a single-centre experience in Finland. Childs Nerv Syst 38, 2371–2374 (2022).

Abusive head trauma in small children : a single-centre experience in Finland

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Author: Salokorpi, Niina1,2; Sinikumpu, Juha-Jaakko3,2; Serlo, Willy3,2
Organizations: 1Department of Neurosurgery, Neurocenter, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
2Research Unit of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Unit of Pediatric Surgery and Orthopedics, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-05-31


Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is a challenging condition from both a medical and legal perspective. The path of the patients differs significantly from those with noninflicted traumas. While treating these cases, it is essential that all history, information and treatment are comprehensively documented. This article describes the investigations and interventions necessary as soon as SBS is suspected. The Oulu University Hospital protocol for suspected child abuse is described. Authors also give an overview of the SBS path in Finland from the police and prosecution’s point of view.

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Series: Child's nervous system
ISSN: 0256-7040
ISSN-E: 1433-0350
ISSN-L: 0256-7040
Volume: 38
Issue: 12
Pages: 2371 - 2374
DOI: 10.1007/s00381-022-05715-0
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3123 Gynaecology and paediatrics
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
Funding: Open Access funding provided by University of Oulu including Oulu University Hospital.
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