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March 14, 1977

Impending Child Abuse: Psychosomatic Symptoms in Adults as a Clue

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine (Drs Chandler and Mogielnicki) and Psychiatry (Dr Weissberg) and the Child Health Associate Program of the Department of Pediatrics (Ms Mogielnicki), University of Colorado Medical Center, and from the Department of Emergency Medicine, Colorado General Hospital (Dr Chandler), Denver. Dr Mogielnicki is now with the Veterans Administration Center, White River Junction, Vt, and the Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH.

JAMA. 1977;237(11):1109-1111. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270380053019

Adult patients involved in or threatened by the possibility of committing child abuse may develop acute functional symptoms that result in their seeking emergency medical help. Three cases are presented as examples of this relationship. In two, the functional symptom was paralysis or paresis. In the third, symptoms were more diffuse. Recognition of the association between functional symptoms and child abuse may permit intervention before serious child injury occurs.

(JAMA 237:1109-1111, 1977)