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An Bras Dermatol. 2011 May-Jun;86(3):527-36.

Child abuse: skin markers and differential diagnosis.

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School of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo (FMUSP) - Sao Paulo (SP), Brazil.


Reports of child abuse have increased significantly. The matter makes most physicians uncomfortable for two reasons: a) Little guidance or no training in recognizing the problem; b - Not understanding its true dimension. The most common form of child violence is physical abuse. The skin is the largest and frequently the most traumatized organ. Bruises and burns are the most visible signs. Physicians (pediatricians, general practitioners and dermatologists) are the first professionals to observe and recognize the signs of intentional injury. Dermatologists particularly, can help distinguish intentional injury from accidental, or from skin diseases that mimic maltreatment.

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