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June 1992

Auricular Injury as a Presentation of Child Abuse

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118(6):634-637. doi:10.1001/archotol.1992.01880060084018

• Child abuse causes serious physical and emotional injury. Those abused, however, are usually unable or unwilling to gain access to agencies that might help them. The otolaryngologist, while usually not the patient's primary physician, may be in the position to detect child abuse. We describe a 3-year-old boy who sustained auricular trauma as the result of child abuse. The importance of physician recognition of an abuse case and the institution of appropriate measures are discussed.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118:634-637)

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