Skin signs of child abuse

March 1, 2004

Miami, Fla. - Skin findings are the most common presenting signs of child abuse. About 90 percent of abused children present with skin findings, ranging from superficial bruises and deeper soft tissue injuries, to burns, according to Stephen Ludwig, M.D., associate chair of the department of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia and professor or pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia.