What are the signs of medical child abuse in brief resolved unexplained events (BRUEs) (apparent life-threatening events) (ALTEs)?

Updated: Feb 28, 2019
  • Author: Patrick L Carolan, MD; Chief Editor: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP  more...
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Medical child abuse occurs when a child receives unnecessary and harmful, or potentially harmful, medical care at the instigation of a caretaker through exaggeration, falsification, or induction of symptoms of illness in a child. Neurological manifestations including false reports of BRUE or seizure are common with this type of maltreatment particularly among instances of recurrent BRUE. [42]


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