Term: Birth Trauma: Injury to Neonate

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2006-07-20


Birth trauma is an injury to a newborn during birth. Birth trauma includes subdural and cerebral hemorrhage; fracture of long bones or skull; injury to spine and spinal cord; phrenic nerve paralysis; eye damage; hematoma of liver (subcapsular), testes, vulva; rupture of liver or spleen; scalpel wound; traumatic glaucoma; and unspecified birth trauma.

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