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Domestic violence: the shaken adult syndrome
  1. T D Carrigan,
  2. E Walker,
  3. S Barnes
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, Dewsbury District Hospital, Dewsbury
  1. Correspondence to: Dr T D Carrigan, Specialist Registrar, Accident and Emergency Department, St James's University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7TF


A case of domestic violence is reported. The patient presented with the triad of injuries associated with the shaking of infants: retinal haemorrhages, subdural haematoma, and patterned bruising; this has been described as the shaken adult syndrome. This case report reflects the difficulties in diagnosing domestic violence in the accident and emergency setting.

  • domestic violence
  • women
  • assault

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