medicolegal issues

Regarding Physician Countersuits

Author: 
Anthony Ross, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
September/October 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
5

Dear Dr. McCammon,

Shaken Baby Syndrome or Vaccine-Induced Encephalitis?

Author: 
Harold E. Buttram, MD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
Fall 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
3

Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) commonly describes a combination of subdural hematoma, retinal hemorrhage, and diffuse axonal injury (DAI) as the triad of diagnostic criteria. In some, the presence of rib or other fractures is also taken as a sign of abuse.(1-3)

The basic issue to be reviewed here is whether or not in some instances in which a father, family member, or caretaker has been accused of causing the death of an infant or child from the SBS, the true cause of death was a catastrophic vaccine reaction.