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September 1964

"Battered Child" Syndrome: Unusual Dermatological Manifestation

Author Affiliations


Residents, Section of Allergy and Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Tulane University of Louisiana School of Medicine.

Arch Dermatol. 1964;90(3):326-327. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01600030076016

The "battered child" syndrome has recently received widespread attention not only in the medical literature1 but also in the press.

It is our purpose to present an example of this in which the presenting signs were of an unusual dermatological nature.

Report of Case  A 2½-year-old Negro boy was admitted to the Louisiana State University pediatric service of Charity Hospital of Louisiana in New Orleans in April, 1964, with signs of increased intracranial pressure. Coincidental with his major illness the child was noted to have a dermatitis of the scalp and numerous pigmented lesions in bizarre patterns on his back, chest, and arms. Therefore the dermatology service was consulted soon after admission.When first seen by us this child appeared grossly undernourished and underdeveloped. There was an area of crusted, greasy dermatitis over the central area of the scalp compatible with a neglected seborrheic dermatitis. Far more interesting were

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