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PALLIATIVE CARE FOR A CHILD: ROLE OF A PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR

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Author(s): Tan Chai Eng | Mohd Radzniwan Rashid | Khairani Omar | Ednin Hamzah

Journal: Malaysian Family Physician
ISSN 1985-207X

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 26;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Palliative care | paediatric | primary health care.

ABSTRACT
A 7-year-old boy with a diagnosis of advanced medulloblastoma refractory to treatment was discharged from hospital forfurther palliative care at home. During this short and eventful period, the child developed spinal cord compression withprogressive weakness of upper and lower limbs, neck pain, faecal and urinary incontinence. This case highlights the importantroles of a primary care doctor in the provision of palliative care for a child in the community.
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