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August 1964

The Eye of the "Battered Child"

Author Affiliations

Chapel Hill, NC
From the Division of Ophthalmology, University of North Carolina, School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, and McPherson Hospital, Durham, NC.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;72(2):231-233. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970020231016

The "battered child syndrome" has recently created a great deal of interest. This syndrome has many manifestations, but usually it represents an illegitimate or unwanted child under 3 years of age who has undergone physical trauma or the more rare and cruel suffering of starvation at the hands of parents or guardians.1,2

In the more common traumatic type the most frequent findings are subdural hematomas or fractures of the long bones. This trauma may be inflicted in such a subtle manner that the only symptom or sign may be "poor growth" and the diagnosis made only by incidental roentgenograms of the long bones or skull.

Ocular signs have not been common in the reported cases of this syndrome. Consequently, we would like to report the clinical and pathologic findings of a complete retinal detachment, which was probably bilateral, in a child suffering from the "battered child syndrome." This case

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