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A paediatrician and hospital avoided litigation after a 6 year old girl was allegedly misdiagnosed with infantile seizures as opposed to infantile spasms, a condition that has left the child brain damaged. The court argued that the girl's condition was unavoidable in leading to debilitating brain injury, and that she was treated adequately under the doctors care at the time. The girl had become unsettled before her eyes rolled into the back of her head, which is indicative of a seizure, but whether it could be diagnosed as infantile spasms is a matter of dispute, and the court found in favour of the medicos.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Liberal Daily
About: Medical misconduct denied over seizure
Date: 30 June 2005
Source: Liberal Daily
Author: Linton Besser
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