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Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2010 Jul-Aug;76(4):317-26. doi: 10.4103/0378-6323.66572.

Skin manifestations of child abuse.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Celal Bayar University, Faculty of Medicine, Manisa, Turkey.


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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