Can Second Opinions Help Clarify Some Child Abuse Cases?

Posted On : April 20, 2015,   Time : 9:43 pm

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a rare pediatric disease that can lead to such fragility in joints and bones that children can suffer a dislocation or fracture with very little movement.

However, the disease can often be mistaken for child abuse, as was the case with parents in Maine and Texas, has reported. Parents were charged with felonies in both instances after their children developed sudden and multiple bone fractures. Boston physician Michael Holick diagnosed both the children with Ehlers-Danos, which can cause extreme elasticity of the skin and flexible joints that are unstable, sometimes leading to 140924_MEDEX_SadDoctor.jpg.CROP.promovar-mediumlargefractures in long bones. It is diagnosed in as many as 1 in 1,000 children.

The charges were eventually dropped in the Texas case as a result of the second opinion.

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