Evaluation of suspected child physical abuse

Nancy D. Kellogg, Carole Jenny, Cindy W. Christina, Roberta A. Hibbard, Betty S. Spivack, John Stirling

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This report provides guidance in the clinical approach to the evaluation of suspected physical abuse in children. The medical assessment is outlined with respect to obtaining a history, physical examination, and appropriate ancillary testing. The role of the physician may encompass reporting suspected abuse; assessing the consistency of the explanation, the child's developmental capabilities, and the characteristics of the injury or injuries; and coordination with other professionals to provide immediate and long-term treatment and follow-up for victims. Accurate and timely diagnosis of children who are suspected victims of abuse can ensure appropriate evaluation, investigation, and outcomes for these children and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1232-1241
Number of pages10
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2007


  • Child
  • Child abuse
  • Evaluation
  • Injury
  • Physical abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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