Cutaneous Manifestations of Child Abuse and Their Differential Diagnosis: Blunt Force Trauma

Cutaneous Manifestations of Child Abuse and Their Differential Diagnosis: Blunt Force Trauma

by Robert A.C. Bilo, Arnold P. Oranje, Tor Shwayder, Christopher J. Hobbs
     
 
The interpretation of skin lesions in children that may be due to abuse is often not straightforward, and many reports have been published on dermatological disorders and accidental injuries that were unjustly regarded as signs of child abuse. This book describes in detail the cutaneous manifestations of the physical abuse of children and devotes particular attention

Overview

The interpretation of skin lesions in children that may be due to abuse is often not straightforward, and many reports have been published on dermatological disorders and accidental injuries that were unjustly regarded as signs of child abuse. This book describes in detail the cutaneous manifestations of the physical abuse of children and devotes particular attention to differential diagnosis. Careful guidance is provided on the optimal evaluation of children presenting with findings potentially attributable to abuse. The numerous images and detailed background information will develop the ability of the reader to assess and interpret the clinical signs of abuse, and to distinguish these signs from other causes of injury, such as accidents and self-mutilation, and dermatological disorders. "Cutaneous Manifestations of Child Abuse" will be invaluable for pediatric dermatologists, pediatricians, forensic experts, and others who deal with the physical abuse of children.

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Reviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Private Practice)
Description: This book addresses a disturbing and important subspecialty of dermatology: recognizing the clinical signs of child abuse. Dermatological conditions that may be confused with child abuse are discussed.
Purpose: The purpose is to alert pediatricians, pediatric dermatologists, and forensic experts to the signs of child abuse.
Audience: The audience is pediatricians and pediatric dermatologists. Family practitioners can also be included, although they are not listed as a target audience by the authors.
Features: The subject matter is best presented through the multitude of color clinical photographs, of bruises, bites, and burns. The difficulty in arriving at a correct diagnosis is appreciated by the level of complexity discussed by the authors. How does the clinician differentiate an innocent accident from actual child abuse? How does the clinician diagnosis child abuse in a child with a bleeding disorder? I felt overwhelmed after reading the book. I do not routinely include child abuse as part of my differential diagnosis for granuloma annular (the patch presentation can resemble a bruise).
Assessment: I am unaware of any dermatology references devoted exclusively to child abuse. This book achieves its purpose in enlightening dermatologists and pediatricians as to the broad range of skin manifestations due to child abuse and the medical diagnoses that must be considered and eliminated before the diagnosis of child abuse is made. The authors have created an important reference on a subject about which all physicians should be educated and alert. We do a disservice to our pediatric patients not to do otherwise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783642292866
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
10/28/2012
Edition description:
2013
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.03(d)

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