Neglected Child Physical Findings
Facts about child abuse:
- An exam may reveal signs of prior physical abuse, such as burns, healing bruises, or healing lacerations.
- Common child abuse findings on exam include cigarette burns, limb swelling, limping, odd-shaped bruises.
- Bruising that involves a body region not usually injured in a fall: the surface of the buttocks, back, or pelvis.
- X-rays may show healing fractures of the ribs, skull, or long bones.
Continue to Neglected Child Sexual Abuse
- Dubowitz H, Pitts SC, Litrownik AJ, Cox CE, Runyan D, Black MM. Defining child neglect based on child protective services data. Child Abuse Negl. 2005 May;29(5):493-511. 
- Ledbetter EO. An ethical approach to intervention/prevention of child maltreatment. Adv Pediatr. 2003;50:215-29. 
- Tenney-Soeiro R, Wilson C. An update on child abuse and neglect. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2004 Apr;16(2):233-7. 
- Tolan P, Gorman-Smith D, Henry D. Family Violence. Annu Rev Psychol. 2005 Aug 31.