Factor XIII deficiency mistaken for battered child syndrome: case of "correct" test ordering negated by a commonly accepted qualitative test with limited negative predictive value.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We report herein a case of Factor XIII deficiency that remained undiagnosed until 2 years of age. Part of the delay in diagnosis was a consequence of testing that was performed on a blood sample obtained after plasma transfusion therapy for a life-threatening bleeding episode. Due to insufficient family follow-up after discharge from the hospital, the diagnosis was delayed 1 year until the child was rehospitalized and a pre-transfusion plasma sample was tested. The commonly accepted approach of using only a qualitative test for the diagnosis of factor XIII deficiency is challenged by this case report.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Newman, RS; Jalili, M; Kolls, BJ; Dietrich, R

Published Date

  • December 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 71 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 328 - 330

PubMed ID

  • 12447966

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0361-8609

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/ajh.10225


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States