The patterns of soft tissue injuries in a group of 154 children reported to protective services for child abuse or neglect were compared with patterns of soft tissue injury found in a group of 91 emergency room patients who sustained an accidental injury and 105 children seen in a pediatric ambulatory clinic. All children in the three groups were 1 to 12 years old. Children in the suspected child abuse and neglect group had significantly more (P < .01) soft tissue injuries over the cheeks, trunk, genitals, and upper legs. Lacerations were significantly more common (P < .001) in the emergency room group.
- Received August 7, 1978.
- Accepted October 10, 1978.
- Copyright © 1979 by the American Academy of Pediatrics