Update: Behandeling chiropractor geen aanleiding wervelfractuur bij baby

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Op 29 september vertaalde we een artikel van een Australische website “The Age” waarin een chiropractor werd beschuldigd van het breken van het nekje van een vier maanden oude baby met een torticollis. Inmiddels blijkt deze beschuldiging onjuist.

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Uit een rapport van de AHRPA, de gezondheidsinspectie in Australië, blijkt dat na nader onderzoek er geen radiologische bevindingen van een fractuur zijn terug te vinden. Het kindje blijkt wel een congenitale (aangeboren) spondylolysis (een misvorming van de wervelkolom) te hebben en de vader van het kind heeft een soortgelijke aandoening.

Geconcludeerd werd dat “tijdens de uitgevoerde behandeling er waarschijnlijk niet genoeg kracht is uitgeoefend om een fractuur van wervel C1 of C2 bij een zuigeling te kunnen veroorzaken”. Daarnaast zou volgens het rapport “het verlies van de controle over het hoofd direct na de behandeling het gevolg zijn van niet-verwante factoren kunnen zijn geweest”.

Bron: The Australian

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4 REACTIES

  1. Australische chiropractoren reageren boos in de media:

    OUTRAGE AT CLAIM THAT CHIROPRACTOR BROKE BABY’S NECK

    ANGRY chiropractors are demanding a retraction of claims that a baby’s upper cervical vertebra was fractured during an adjustment.
    The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) said it was “outraged” at Fairfax newspaper reports of an investigation into the case of a four-month-old Melbourne baby.

    The complaint was made to AHPRA by Dr Chris Pappas, a paediatrician at the Cabrini Medical Centre, who reportedly treated the baby following a chiropractic treatment for torticollis.

    “Another few millimetres and there would have been a devastating spinal cord injury and the baby would have either died or had severe neurological impairment with quadriplegia,” he was reported as saying.
    Dr Pappas received a response from AHPRA earlier this month indicating that the case, which was referred on to the Chiropractic Board of Australia, had been closed after the chiropractor committed to completing further education, Fairfax reported.
    Dr Pappas described the decision as an endorsement of “inappropriate” chiropractic treatment for infants without supporting scientific evidence.
    The CAA, however, wants AHPRA to release full details of the investigation.
    CAA president Dr Laurie Tassell (Chiro) said there was no doubt the baby had a hangman’s fracture.

    “The official report made it quite clear that the chiropractor did not cause the injury but unless AHPRA releases the report we can’t use those findings,” he told Medical Observer, adding that no adverse events involving a qualified chiropractor treating a child had been recorded in medical literature since 1992.

    “The CAA is outraged that rather than clearing the chiropractor’s name, as appropriate, the newspapers have smeared the chiropractor and the profession with such an allegation,” a CAA statement read.

    “Chiropractic care can be remarkably gentle. Being a five-year, university-trained spinal health expert, a chiropractor will modify their adjustment techniques to suit the age and spine of each individual child,” Dr Tassell added.
    The Fairfax article also alleged there was evidence that chiropractors had been treating patients without the necessary permission at Sydney hospitals.
    “We will certainly find out what truth there is in that and if anyone has acted outside the rules or code of conduct then they deserve what they get,” Dr Tassell said.

    Neil Bramwell
    Medical Observer
    Mobile (Australia): +61 (0) 488 022118 Home: +61 (0) 3 9772 5119 http://www.medicalobserver.com.au
    Monday 30 September, 2013

    Origineel via chiropractors.asn.au

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  3. Dear R. Graham,

    In last Sunday’s Sydney and Melbourne papers, an allegation was made that a Chiropractor broke a baby’s neck. The CAA issued a release to all media outlets in all States within hours of the publication rejecting the allegation and this was sent to all members.

    The allegation was investigated by AHPRA. No finding of inappropriate treatment was made. No finding was made that any treatment performed by the Chiropractor caused a fracture as alleged.

    The newspaper report was wrong.

    I have conducted lengthy radio and print interviews in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney every day this week (Adelaide Advertiser, 3AW, 4BC, 4BH, 2GB, ABC Radio, Medical Observer) and other Chiropractors have also provided interviews in radio and print.

    An example of a radio interview I have conducted on behalf of the profession can be found here:
    Download 4BC Brisbane Radio Interview – 3 October, 2013 >

    As advised by a defamation expert, the only persons who may have standing to commence defamation proceedings are the parties to this matter. A defamation class with standing will not extend to all Melbourne chiropractors or Melbourne chiropractors who care for children.

    The CAA will continue to reject the wrongful allegation made in all forums and pursue all avenues open to it to have this appalling mis-reporting corrected.

    Dr Lawrence Tassell,

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