Mimics of Non-accidental Injury in Children
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As pathologists, community paediatricians and others involved in the protection of children, we must be cautious not to miss subtle signs of abuse. However, we must also be aware of the many entities that mimic non-accidental injury and thus may arouse suspicion of child abuse. False accusations of abuse can have horrendous social and psychological implications for the families involved. Kirshner and Stein used the term “medical abuse” in order to give some indication as to impact of such a scenario . Conversely, we must not forget that a child suffering from a disease, which simulates abuse, may still be a victim.
KeywordsChild Abuse Osteogenesis Imperfecta Copper Deficiency Epidermolysis Bullosa Congenital Toxoplasmosis
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