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Misdiagnosis And Delayed Diagnosis In Traumatic Intracranial Haematoma

S. Galbraith
The British Medical Journal
Vol. 1, No. 6023 (Jun. 12, 1976), pp. 1438-1439
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20410161
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Abstract

Out of 51 patients with traumatic intracranial haematoma admitted to a teaching hospital 11 (22%) died undiagnosed, and out of 307 such patients transferred to the West of Scotland Regional Neurosurgical Centre 111 (36%) had been deteriorating for more than 12 hours in another hospital. In two-thirds of these cases the delay was due to an erroneous diagnosis, either of cerebrovascular accident or of alcoholic intoxication.

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