Korean J Pediatr.  2009 Nov;52(11):1194-1199. 10.3345/kjp.2009.52.11.1194.

Child abuse, can we find child abuse?: Role of the pediatrician

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Chunchean, Korea. ksmin@hallym.or.kr


Child abuse is defined by a recent act or failure to act that results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or imminent risk of serious harm; involved a child; and is carried out by a parent or caregiver. This report provides guidance in the clinical approach to the evaluation of suspected physical abuse in children, and role of pediatrician. The medical assessment is outlined with obtaining a medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic testing. A minor form of child abuse which only involves skin injury is most frequently seen by a pediatrician. This kind of child abuse can be followed by more severe forms of child abuse, which have high mortality rates and cause serious physical and mental sequelae to the survivor. Therefore, a pediatrician's role in an early detection and prevention of child abuse is very important.


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