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Case analysis of brain-injured admittedly shaken infants: 54 cases, 1969-2001.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16121073     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The English-language medical case literature was searched for cases of apparent or alleged child abuse between the years 1969 and 2001. Three-hundred and twenty-four cases that contained detailed individual case information were analyzed yielding 54 cases in which someone was recorded as having admitted, in some fashion, to have shaken the injured baby. Individual case findings were tabulated and analyzed with respect to shaking as being the cause for the injuries reported. For all 54 admittedly-shaken-infant cases, the provided details regarding the shaking incidents and other events are reported. Data in the case reports varied widely with respect to important details. Only 11 cases of admittedly shaken babies showed no sign of cranial impact (apparently free-shaken). This small number of cases does not permit valid statistical analysis or support for many of the commonly stated aspects of the so-called shaken baby syndrome.
Jan E Leestma
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2005 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-25     Completed Date:  2005-12-07     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  199-212     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pathology, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois 60622, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Injuries / etiology,  pathology,  physiopathology
Child, Preschool
Forensic Pathology
Infant, Newborn
Shaken Baby Syndrome / diagnosis,  etiology*,  pathology,  physiopathology
Comment In:
Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2006 Dec;27(4):363; author reply 363   [PMID:  17133042 ]

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