Case 5

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The lateral spine X-ray of a seven-week-old infant is below. The baby presented with multiple rib fractures, retinal hemorrhages, subdural hemorrhages, and a left distal radial fracture.

X-ray of lateral spine, detailed description below

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A lateral radiograph of an infant’s thorax with lumbar vertebrae collapse at the anterior edge.

Which of the following is true?

A. This finding shows a compression fracture of L2.

B. This injury would be best observed using radionuclide scintigraphy.

C. This injury is reportedly an uncommon finding in child abuse.

D. Both A and C.