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Br Med J. Jun 12, 1976; 1(6023): 1438–1439.
PMCID: PMC1640380
Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis in traumatic intracranial haematoma.
S Galbraith
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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