Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Shaken baby syndrome." Dr. John Plunkett; The right answer when faced with the triad and no clear explanation... (On SBS);

POST: "Evidence based medicine and shaken baby syndrome" by Sue Luttner. published on the "On SBS" Blog on August 28, 2012.

GIST: "Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is a formal discipline intended to sort out what doctors really know from what they simply believe, “to differentiate objective data from opinion,” explained forensic pathologist Dr. John Plunkett at the second Evidence Based Medicine and Social Investigation conference earlier this month. “Evidence should always trump opinion,” he noted.........There is simply no need to presume shaking, he said, when a child with the triad shows evidence of an impact. Nor is shaking necessary to explain subdurals when the child shows no evidence of impact, because “Subdural collections occur without trauma.” A number of metabolic and infectious diseases can cause them, as well as vascular malformations and any interruption of oxygen to the brain. Some causes, like Saggittal Sinus Thrombosis, are easy to diagnose, Plunkett said, but “Superficial Cortical Venous Thrombosis is routinely missed.”.........When faced with the triad and no clear explanation, Plunkett concluded, “The default diagnosis is ‘I don’t know,’ not ‘Abusive Head Trauma.’”"

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