AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 4, 2017

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Shaken Baby Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma Accepted as Valid Diagnoses by Vast Majority of Physicians, Study Shows

Survey data reveals a high degree of medical consensus that shaking a young child is capable of producing subdural hematoma (a life-threatening pooling of blood outside the brain), severe retinal hemorrhage, coma or death, according to a study published in The Journal of Pediatrics. Recent media reports and judicial decisions have called into question the general acceptance among physicians of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma. General acceptance of concepts in the medical community is a critical factor for admitting medical expert testimony in courts. In cases of child maltreatment, courts often rely on medical expert testimony to establish the most likely cause of a child’s injury. To read more, click here.

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