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The birth of a child with a congenital anomaly. Part II. The prediagnostic phase after discharge from the maternity home.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3983787     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Thirty babies discharged from the maternity home undiagnosed were subsequently found to be suffering from cystic fibrosis (12 cases), Hirschsprung's disease (13) or an anorectal malformation (5). The efforts of parents in this respect and the factors influencing the establishment of a diagnosis were investigated. Maximum periods of 3,9 years, 3,75 years and 5 years respectively were required to confirm a diagnosis in patients with the above three conditions. Although the severity of symptoms is an important factor in speed of diagnosis, other mediating variables had influenced the outcome in our sample; patients referred to a children's hospital were diagnosed sooner. For this reason patients from the lowest social class were diagnosed earlier than those from the higher socio-economic groups. The problems experienced by parents during this phase are reviewed.
B de Wet; S Cywes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0256-9574     ISO Abbreviation:  S. Afr. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1985 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-05-13     Completed Date:  1985-05-13     Revised Date:  2014-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404520     Medline TA:  S Afr Med J     Country:  SOUTH AFRICA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  340-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anal Canal / abnormalities
Child, Preschool
Congenital Abnormalities / diagnosis*
Cystic Fibrosis / diagnosis*
Hirschsprung Disease / diagnosis*
Parent-Child Relations
Parents / psychology*
Physician-Patient Relations
Rectum / abnormalities
South Africa
Time Factors

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