August 1984

Pseudoabusive Burns in Asian Refugees

Author Affiliations

From the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic, The Children's Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center; and the Ambulatory Division, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(8):768-769. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140460058019

• Six Southeast Asian refugee children had cigarettelike burn scars on the lower trunk and abdomen. Questioning of the families disclosed that the burns had been the result of therapeutic burning by folk medical healers for prior illnesses. Pediatric practitioners should recognize the therapeutic intent of these injuries to avoid inappropriate accusations of child abuse. They can likewise encourage families to seek less harmful alternative treatments.

(AJDC 1984;138:768-769)