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To the Editor: The article by Dr Jenny and
colleagues1 raises a critical question:
how can practicing physicians improve their ability to recognize inflicted
head trauma in young children? Unfortunately, their study does not provide
enough information to solve the practitioner's constant question: what is
the predictive value of the symptom or sign at hand? Jenny et al address the
question of if a child has an inflicted head trauma, then what is the chance the child will have facial bruising,
nonspecific vomiting, fever, or irritability? In fact, these probabilities
reported in their article were high enough to be of interest.
Lavin A. Recognizing Abusive Head Trauma in Children. JAMA. 1999;282(15):1421–1422. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-15-jac90009
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