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Forensic Sci Int. 2001 Jan 1;115(1-2):143-6.

Burn injuries caused by a hair-dryer--an unusual case of child abuse.

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  • 1Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Graz, Universit├Ątsplatz 4, A-8010 Graz, Austria. mario.darok@kfunigraz.ac.at

Abstract

About 1.4-26% burn injuries in children appear to be abusive in origin. A 2.5-year-old girl was referred to our institute because of suspected child abuse. Clinical examination and later interrogation of the mother revealed non-recent deep second degree burn injuries on both gluteal regions, caused by the partner of the mother by pressing a hand-held hair-dryer against the skin. The authors present the findings of this unusual method of child abuse.

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