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Int J Legal Med. 2013 Sep;127(5):967-70. doi: 10.1007/s00414-013-0878-8. Epub 2013 Jun 7.

Genital findings in boys suspected for sexual abuse.

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Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany.


Injuries in the genital region of boys are mostly caused by accidents. In this study, three cases of child abuse and one case suspicious for child abuse but explainable by a congenital undiscovered malformation are presented. Injuries or findings in the genital region are especially suspicious for child abuse, including sexual abuse. Because of the possible misinterpretation and the consequences of a false confirmation of a child abuse, an interdisciplinary cooperation between pediatrics, forensic experts, and pediatric urologist should be carried out in doubtful cases.

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