Genetic drift: A case of abuse

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In this essay, an infant with multiple fractures is removed from the custody of her parents because of suspected child abuse. Subsequently studies reveal that the child has osteogenesis imperfecta, type III. Though the child is eventually returned to the mother's custody, her entire first year has been spent in foster care. The essay illustrates the toll taken on families when a diagnosis of OI is missed or delayed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-352
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Genetics, Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Child abuse
  • Medical genetics
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Skeletal fractures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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