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J Pediatr. 2003 Apr;142(4):431-4.

Nonophthalmologist accuracy in diagnosing retinal hemorrhages in the shaken baby syndrome.

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Department of Ophthalmology, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

Nonophthalmologists did not attempt to (36%) or were "unable to" (19%) examine the fundus in 72 children with shaken baby syndrome. When the retina was examined, nonophthalmologists were accurate in recognizing the absence or presence of retinal hemorrhage in 87%. However, false-negative examinations occurred in 13%. Ophthalmology consultation should be an integral part of the evaluation of children with suspected abuse.

PMID:
12712063
DOI:
10.1067/mpd.2003.161
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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