Insufficient evidence for ‘shaken baby syndrome’ – a systematic review

  title={Insufficient evidence for ‘shaken baby syndrome’ – a systematic review},
  author={Niels Lyn{\o}e and Göran Elinder and Boubou Hallberg and M{\aa}ns Ros{\'e}n and Pia C. Maly Sundgren and Anders Eriksson},
  journal={Acta Paediatrica},
Shaken baby syndrome has typically been associated with findings of subdural haematoma, retinal haemorrhages and encephalopathy, which are referred to as the triad. During the last decade, however, the certainty with which the triad can indicate that an infant has been violently shaken has been increasingly questioned. The aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of the triad in detecting that an infant had been shaken. The literature search was performed using PubMed, Embase… 
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