Navigation Links
Retinal Hemorrhage: No More a Sure Sign of Child Abuse

A new study has now found out that retinal examination of a child, to determine the location and number of hemorrhages may not be a sure sign of abuse. // This was discussed in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting held in Seattle recently.

Retina is a light sensitive tissue located behind the eye. Any rupture in the retinal surface can damage the tiny blood vessels and the result is bleeding or retinal hemorrhage.

A wide variety of conditions such as falls, car wrecks, gunshot wounds, drug overdose, meningitis and ruptured aneurysms may result in retinal hemorrhage, making it an unreliable indicator of child abuse. The study was conducted on nearly than 700 cases that had presented for autopsy examination.

Other conditions where retinal damage may be manifested include suffocation, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), head injury, stroke, brain tumor, hypertension, diabetes and bleeding disorders.

The first step undertaken by doctors when there is a suspicion of abuse is to examine the child’s eye for damage (hemorrhage and other changes). The presence of damage is considered to be a proof of child abuse. The absence of a history of a high-speed car crash or fall is a strong indication for establishment of child abuse diagnosis.

The medical literature says that retinal hemorrhages in children are rare expect on occasions of child abuse. The result of the study is however in marked contrast to the above statement. May be it is time for pathologists and forensic experts to look more closely into other possibilities before a child abuse diagnosis is established.

'Many doctors have been taught to look for the hemorrhages when they suspect child abuse and often will diagnose child abuse without considering other possibilities. Our research shows that you see the hemorrhages in a variety of different situations in infants, children and adults,' said Dr. Lantz, senior researcher involved in th e study.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Software System to Improve the Function of Retinal Implants
2. Antibiotics Dangerous for Diarrhoea in Children Caused by E.Coli
3. Inhaled Steroids Safe & Effective for Children with Asthma
4. General Anesthesia Safe For Children On Ketogenic Diet Suffering From Epilepsy
5. Children suffer the most when parents divorce
6. Focused Treatment For Childhood Cancer
7. Osteoporosis associated with Childhood Cancer
8. Childrens snoring may indicate a serious problem
9. Children exposed to smoke show decreased levels of Vitamin C
10. Children! Protecting them from medical mistakes
11. Children who used anaesthesia drugs could suffer brain damage
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... Sideline Products participated in the ... national TV host Tom Seay and his production crew. Tom Seay’s program “Best ... around the world. Saddle Sidekicks will be featured on April 6, 2017. After ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ... Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia prepare for and participate in the ... of 2015 (MACRA). , This technical assistance, authorized and funded under MACRA, ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... 72 percent of those report that family members or friends have also commented ... suffer from hearing loss wear hearing aids. One reason, suggested by 89 percent ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... FPS ... from combat-related PTSD. , Established in 1977, our organization was at the forefront ... military returning to civilian life were evident and served as the catalyst for ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... 22, 2017 , ... Apptricity® Corporation, a leading global provider ... today announced that Keppel Corporation has selected Apptricity Travel and Expense Management integrated ... are excited to announce the partnership between Keppel and Apptricity for our Global ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/22/2017)... -- Andre, DiMino, CEO of ADM Tronics Unlimited, Inc. (OTCQB: ... and products, commented on ADMT,s third quarter fiscal year ... the Company,s quarterly report on Form 10Q available at ... stated "During the quarter ended December 31, 2016 we ... portion of our engineering efforts into the development of ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... VANCOUVER, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - CRH Medical Corporation (TSX: CRH) ... for the quarter and full fiscal year ended December 31, ... ... the Company,s audited financial statements and management discussion and analysis ... have been filed on SEDAR and are available at ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... , Feb. 22, 2017 Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... host its Fourth Quarter 2016 investor conference call and webcast ... The call will cover an update on Merrimack,s ... and full year 2016 financial results. A press release detailing ... issued the morning of Wednesday, March 1. Investors and the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: