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Accidental fetal decapitation: a case of medical and ethical mishap.
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PMID:  20190630     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Blunt trauma to the head and neck of a newborn during delivery process is a rare event. We report a peculiar case of decapitation of a live fetus during vacuum-assisted delivery, where excessive traction on the head of the full-term macrosomic fetus with shoulder dystocia resulted in overstretching of the neck up to the point of decapitation. The ethical considerations related to the case are discussed in light of the policy of complete transparency advocated by the medical profession. Despite the existence of regulations regarding full disclosure of errors to the medical institution, the Ministry of Health and to the patient, medical practitioners are reluctant to divulge all the details of adverse events to the patient.
Jehuda Hiss; Tzipi Kahana; Irad Burshtein
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
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Created Date:  2013-09-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
From the *The National Centre of Forensic Medicine, the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel; †Division of Identification and Forensic Science, Israel National Police, Head Quarters, Jerusalem, Israel; and ‡Department of Obstetric and Gynecology, Assaf Harofeh Medical Centre, Tzrifin, Israel.
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