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Shaken baby syndrome in New Zealand, 2000-2002.
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PMID:  18086144     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To describe the epidemiology of subdural haemorrhage (SDH) in New Zealand infants. METHODS: Prospective enrollment of all cases of infantile SDH from 2000 to 2002. Retrospective analysis of national discharge and death data for the same period. RESULTS: Seventy-seven cases of infantile SDH were identified prospectively, and a further 49 cases retrospectively. Of these 126 cases, 92 resulted from non-birth-related trauma. Forty-eight of these were attributed to abuse and 28 to accidental injury. Sixteen cases were undetermined. The 'minimum' annual incidence of inflicted infantile SDH in New Zealand is 14.7 per 100,000 (95% confidence interval(CI) 10.8-19.4), and the 'maximum' 19.6 per 100,000 (95% CI 15.1-25.0). Among Maori, the 'minimum' is 32.5 per 100,000 (95% CI 21.4-47.3), and the 'maximum' 38.5 per 100,000 (95% CI 26.3-54.4). CONCLUSIONS: The epidemiology of infantile subdural haemorrhage in New Zealand is similar to that described elsewhere. Non-accidental head injury is a significant child health issue in New Zealand, and the incidence is particularly high among Maori.
Patrick Kelly; Bridget Farrant
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-12-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of paediatrics and child health     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1440-1754     ISO Abbreviation:  J Paediatr Child Health     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-29     Completed Date:  2008-03-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9005421     Medline TA:  J Paediatr Child Health     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  99-107     Citation Subset:  IM    
Te Puaruruhau (Child Abuse Assessment Unit), Starship Children's Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Craniocerebral Trauma / epidemiology,  etiology
Death Certificates
Hematoma, Subdural / classification,  epidemiology*,  etiology
Infant, Newborn
New Zealand / epidemiology
Population Surveillance / methods*
Retrospective Studies
Severity of Illness Index
Shaken Baby Syndrome / complications,  epidemiology*,  mortality

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