Evaluation for bleeding disorders in suspected child abuse

James D. Anderst, Shannon L. Carpenter, Thomas C. Abshire, Jeffrey Hord, Gary Crouch, Gregory Hale, Brigitta Mueller, Zora Rogers, Patricia Shearer, Eric Werner, Cindy W. Christian, James Crawford-Jakubiak, Emalee Flaherty, John M. Leventhal, James Lukefahr, Robert Sege

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Bruising or bleeding in a child can raise the concern for child abuse. Assessing whether the findings are the result of trauma and/or whether the child has a bleeding disorder is critical. Many bleeding disorders are rare, and not every child with bruising/bleeding concerning for abuse requires an evaluation for bleeding disorders. In some instances, however, bleeding disorders can present in a manner similar to child abuse. The history and clinical evaluation can be used to determine the necessity of an evaluation for a possible bleeding disorder, and prevalence and known clinical presentations of individual bleeding disorders can be used to guide the extent of the laboratory testing. This clinical report provides guidance to pediatricians and other clinicians regarding the evaluation for bleeding disorders when child abuse is suspected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1314-e1322
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Bruising
  • Inherited coagulation disorders
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Nonaccidental trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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