Skin manifestations of child abuse

Türel^Ermertcan, Aylin; Ertan, Pelin
July 2010
Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology;Jul/Aug2010, Vol. 76 Issue 4, p317
Academic Journal
Child abuse is a major public health problem all over the world. There are four major types of abuse: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. The most common manifestations of child abuse are cutaneous and their recognition; and differential diagnosis is of great importance. Clinicians, especially dermatologists, should be alert about the skin lesions of child abuse. In the diagnosis and management of child abuse, a multidisciplinary approach with ethical and legal procedures is necessary. In this manuscript, cutaneous manifestations of physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect are reviewed and discussed.


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