Volume 50, Issue 4 (July 2005)
Blunt Force Injury of the Abdomen Complicating Previously Undiagnosed Peliosis Hepatis in a 2-Year-Old Female
Peliosis hepatis is an abnormal accumulation of blood-filled lakes in the liver that is most commonly seen in adults and is generally associated with chronic wasting diseases, use of androgenic steroids or bacterial infection. Few cases have been reported in children.We report a case of a 2-year-old female with no past medical history who presented with homicidal blunt force abdominal injury. The autopsy revealed lacerations in the liver and previously undiagnosed peliosis hepatis. 1 Wayne County Medical Examiner Office, 1300 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48207.