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40 to 60 babies are born with brittle bone disease in Britain each year. A third of these cases have no family history of the condition which can often lead to misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosis may cause the baby to be removed from the parents over concerns of abuse. A mother took her child to hospital because of feeding problems and healing broken bones were revealed. The child was removed from the parents only to be returned 4 months later after the child suffered further bone breakages in care leading to a brittle bone disease diagnosis. A collagen protein mutation is the cause of this rare and incurable disorder. The condition can occur spontaneously as well as being inherited. It can occur is a mild or often fatal severe form.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by News Scotsman
About: Undiagnosed brittle bone disease in infants may lead to allegations of abuse by parents
Date: 17 December 2004
Source: News Scotsman
Author: Tom Whitehead
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