Journal Published Online: 01 January 2001
Volume 46, Issue 1

Demonstration and Interpretation of Bridging Vein Ruptures in Cases of Infantile Subdural Bleedings



Report of two cases of lethal infantile subdural bleedings (SDB). Bridging vein (BV) ruptures were directly proven as the source of the (minimal) SDB by a postmortem X-ray. In the controversial discussion concerning the causes of infantile SDB, proof of the occurrence of several BV ruptures is seen as an important sign of a trauma of significant degree. Although infantile SDB undoubtedly can result from accidental as well as intentional injuries, and therefore, the SDB itself does not allow far-reaching conclusions as to the cause of injury, the presence of several BV ruptures combined with an SDB of insignificant volume, in an infant dead or in a deep coma on clinical presentation, is not compatible with the supposition of a minor fall as the cause. We have not observed such findings as the result of a minor accidental event for more than 15 years.

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Maxeiner, H
Institute of Forensic Medicine, University Hospital Benjamin Franklin, Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14916J