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Spinal nerve root β-APP staining in infants is not a reliable indicator of trauma.
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PMID:  21620594     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This preliminary communication describes seven babies with β-amyloid precursor protein (βAPP) positive axonal swellings in nerve roots at multiple levels of the spinal cord. All seven babies died of natural causes. Two died in utero providing evidence for nerve root injury in the absence of trauma, two died within one day of birth and the possibility of birth related injury has to be considered. Three babies were over one month of age and had no history or pathological evidence of trauma. These findings show that if axonal injury is carefully sought in every infant death, not just in babies where trauma is suspected, it will be found in a proportion of babies dying from natural diseases. While spinal nerve root axonal injury in infants may suggest trauma, it is not, in itself, diagnostic of trauma.
W Squier; I Scheimberg; C Smith
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science international     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-6283     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
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Created Date:  2011-5-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7902034     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Int     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Department of Neuropathology, West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX23 9DU, UK.
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