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SUDI and retinodural haemorrhage

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The controversy over whether retinal and/or dural haemorrhage (RDH) in infants, in the absence of any other evidence of trauma, is always due to abusive injury is highly contentious. Many court cases have hinged on this issue. A paper examines this in considerable detail (Squier W, et al. Dev Med Child Neurol 2016. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.13202). The authors' starting point is that the demographics of two sub-groups of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI)—Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)—are remarkably similar: both groups show a peak incidence at …

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