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Medically unexplained visual symptoms in children and adolescents: an indicator of abuse or adversity?

Lookup NU author(s): Michael Clarke


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Purpose To highlight abuse and adversity in childhood as an association of medically unexplained symptoms. Methods Case series. Results Two young adults and one child (all female) are described with medically unexplained impaired vision and diplopia, which on further investigation were found to be associated with abuse or adversity, and in one case was followed by the development of further unexplained symptoms. Conclusions Ophthalmologists dealing with children and young people need to ensure that child abuse and adversity are considered as potential underlying associations when dealing with patients with medically unexplained symptoms. Eye (2009) 23, 1866-1867; doi:10.1038/eye.2009.197; published online 31 July 2009

Publication metadata

Author(s): Porteous AM, Clarke MP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Eye

Year: 2009

Volume: 23

Issue: 9

Pages: 1866-1867

ISSN (print): 0950-222X

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5454

Publisher: Nature Publiching Group


DOI: 10.1038/eye.2009.197


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