Imaging findings of Menkes disease, a radiographic mimic of abusive trauma

Oyindamola N. Akinseye, Rana Yazdani, Kelly A. Tornow, Kristen N Reeder, Rebekah L. Clarke, Cory Pfeifer

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Menkes disease is a rare X-linked recessive disorder caused by impaired copper absorption and transport. Presented here is a case of a 12-week-old male who presented with hypotonia and multiple metaphyseal fractures. Further imaging and workup revealed a diagnosis of Menkes disease. While nonaccidental trauma is a much more common cause of metaphyseal bone fractures, encephalopathy, and subdural hematomas in infants, Menkes syndrome should be considered in the setting of corroborating signs and symptoms, as early diagnosis and treatment can delay progression of the disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)993-996
Number of pages4
JournalRadiology Case Reports
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2019


  • Abusive head trauma
  • Menkes syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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