Cutaneous Manifestations of Child Abuse
Article first published online: 8 AUG 2006
Volume 23, Issue 4, pages 311–320, July/August 2006
How to Cite
Kos, L. and Shwayder, T. (2006), Cutaneous Manifestations of Child Abuse. Pediatric Dermatology, 23: 311–320. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2006.00266.x
- Issue published online: 8 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 8 AUG 2006
Abstract: Dermatologists and child abuse are not frequently associated in the minds of most physicians. Yet the most common manifestations of child abuse are cutaneous. This article reviews cutaneous manifestations of physical abuse, including bruises, lacerations, abrasions, human bites, and burns. It also discusses ways that dermatologists can differentiate abusive injuries from accidental ones as well as from the many dermatologic conditions that can mimic child abuse. Finally, we review what actions the dermatologist should take when suspecting abuse in a patient.