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What are the causes of Retinal Hemorrhage in infants?

By Anonymous December 7, 2009 - 3:05pm
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My nephew who is 11 months old has a retinal hemorrhage. He had surgery on it this past Friday, and went in today for his check-up with his peditrician. His doctor called DeFax on my sister claiming that she or her husband shook the baby when he was younger, and that shaken baby syndrome caused his retinal hemorrhage. I know for a fact that they didnt do that. They would never harm either of their children. What are some things that can cause this in infants? I need serious advice!!! HELP!!!!

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Glutaric Aciduria type 1 and Barlow's disease (infantile scurvy) can also cause Retinal hemorrage in infants. I am a medical student and just learned that parents often get accused of child abuse due to an inappropriate diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome in these cases. Please be sure your physician seriously checks for these two problems if you are positive your baby was not shaken.

September 27, 2011 - 9:31am
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Please be sure your physician looks into Glutaric Aciduria Type 1

September 27, 2011 - 9:25am
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Same thing is happening to my sister and brother in law! And my nephew had also just came out of the hospital from a surgery. It wasn't on his eyes, but they did put the iv in his head near the top of his ear or above his temple. I also KNOW for a fact that my sister and brother in law would never hurt their children. I would also like to know what else causes retinal hemorrhaging. What kind of adverse health conditions could cause it?

April 14, 2010 - 8:15pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Same story with my nephew. I would also REALLY like to know what else causes retinal hemorrhaging. Adverse health conditions...such as??? What?!

April 29, 2011 - 3:55pm
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Hi Anon - Thanks for writing. I can understand why you're concerned.

Retinal hemorrhage is the abnormal bleeding of the blood vessels in the retina, the membrane in the back of the eye. Retinal hemorrhages can be caused by injuries, usually forceful blows to the head during accidents and falls, as well as by adverse health conditions. In infants, retinal hemorrhage is frequently associated with child abuse and has been termed shaken baby syndrome.

The medical literature shows cases of retinal hemorrhage in infants caused by both accidental and non-accidental injury. It would be important to find out if your nephew was involved in a fall or other accident which could have caused his injury in order to demonstrate the cause of his retinal hemmorrhage.

Does this answer your question?

December 7, 2009 - 7:06pm
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Anonymous (reply to Pat Elliott)

if a 3 week old baby hit his head on a coffee table approx 6" drop could this cause retinol bleeding ? thanks

October 18, 2020 - 2:39am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon,

As you can see by the initial reply from our guide, it is possible to have this kind of bleed from an injury. However, only a doctor can determine the cause. Please take your baby to the doctor if this has happened. 



October 18, 2020 - 5:17am
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