Findings on Diffusion-Weighted MRI May Point to Shaken-Baby Syndrome

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Feb 25 – Conducting diffusion-weighted MRI scans immediately upon admission for suspicion of shaken-baby syndrome (SBS) adds crucial information needed for diagnosis, report investigators, from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
Dr. Val rie Biousse and colleagues retrospectively reviewed records of 26 children aged 6 weeks to 24 months in whom suspected or confirmed SBS was diagnosed. As reported in the American Journal of Ophthalmology for February, all subjects had a subdural hematoma, 10 had occult bone fractures, and 18 had retinal hemorrhages. SBS was confirmed in one case that exhibited a normal fundus and 17 that had retinal hemorrhages.

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