Fractures in biliary atresia misinterpreted as child abuse

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Bone fractures in children without a history of injury are highly suspicious for child abuse. Biliary atresia is a disorder associated with metabolic bone disease, and there are numerous reports of osteopenia, rickets, and/or fractures in this population. We report 3 cases of children with biliary atresia who had bony fractures as well as osteopenia whose caretakers were investigated for child abuse. Pediatricians should be aware of an increased incidence of fractures and overall prevalence of bone disease in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-188
Number of pages4
Issue number1 I
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003


  • Abuse
  • Biliary atresia
  • Fractures
  • Osteopenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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