Abusive Burns

Marissa S. Cantu, Jamie S. Kondis

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Burns are a common injury in both abused and non-abused children, and the accurate diagnosis of abusive burns is important to ensure protection. This chapter will discuss the epidemiology and characteristics of abusive and accidental burns. The classification of burns as well as the different categories of burns - including thermal, radiant, chemical, and electrical burns - will also be reviewed and discussed in-depth. This chapter will explore the important history aspects to obtain and to aid in determining whether a burn is inflicted or accidental. The components of a burn scene investigation will be included. Other skin findings that can sometimes be confused with burns such as infections, cultural practices, and dermatitis will also be reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan
Subtitle of host publicationA Project of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV)
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783319899992
ISBN (Print)9783319899985
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Chemical burn
  • Contact burn
  • Electrical Burn
  • Flame burn
  • Immersion burn
  • Medical child abuse
  • Radiant Burn
  • Scene investigation
  • Splash burn
  • Thermal burn

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine


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