volume 99, issue 3, P371-375 1997
DOI: 10.1542/peds.99.3.371
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K. P. Hymel, T. C. Abshire, D. W. Luckey, C. Jenny

Abstract: PT prolongation and activated coagulation are common complications of pediatric abusive head trauma. In the presence of parenchymal brain damage, it is highly unlikely that these coagulation abnormalities reflect a preexisting hemorrhagic diathesis. These conclusions have diagnostic, prognostic, and legal significance.