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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3015941, 4 pages
Case Report

Multiple Bony Injuries on Bone Scan in a Case of Unsuspected Child Abuse

1Department of Nuclear Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2Department of Nuclear Medicine, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Taoyuan City, Taiwan
3Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, College of Health Science, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
4Center for Infectious Disease and Cancer Research, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
5Institute of Medical Science and Technology, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
6Graduate Institute of Medicine, College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
7Department of Medical Research, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Correspondence should be addressed to Yu-Chang Tyan

Received 2 March 2017; Revised 6 May 2017; Accepted 16 May 2017; Published 27 June 2017

Academic Editor: Christian Urban

Copyright © 2017 Ya-Wen Chuang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This case is described of an eleven-month-old infant with lower limbs swelling and the left elbow skeletal malformation following a fall. The radionuclide bone scan was performed to exclude bone infection or congenital skeletal anomaly. The images unexpectedly showed multiple increased radioactive foci throughout the whole body. It was a strong probability of child abuse. All lesions are readily apparent on the following plain film radiographs and MRI.