"Guboow"-child abuse or traditional medical treatment? a case report.

Lange-Herr, N.; Rindlisbacher, A.; Romano, F.; Jackowski, C. (2021). "Guboow"-child abuse or traditional medical treatment? a case report. (In Press). International journal of legal medicine Springer 10.1007/s00414-021-02513-2

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The examination of children suspected of being abused poses a great challenge for forensic pathologists. The risk of misjudgment is high and can have serious consequences for the child and the family. In unclear cases, an assessment should always be carried out on an interdisciplinary basis with the involvement of the relevant disciplines such as pediatrics, dermatology, or radiology. We present the case of a 2.5-year-old boy who was presented by his parents at the Pediatric Emergency Department of a Swiss University Hospital due to fever and weight loss. During the physical examination, conspicuous findings on the abdomen were present, and the responsible emergency physicians informed the child protective services. A clinical forensic examination occurred on behalf of the child protection services. The abdomen of the child showed several symmetrical scars. The initial questioning of the parents did not provide clear information about the origin of the injuries. Further professional questioning of the family by the child protective services concluded that the injuries were the result of a traditional medical treatment in Somalia, which occurred several weeks before.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Lange-Herr, Nicolas; Rindlisbacher, Antje; Romano, Fabrizio and Jackowski, Christian

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0937-9827

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Antoinette Angehrn

Date Deposited:

24 Feb 2021 15:06

Last Modified:

24 Feb 2021 15:08

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00414-021-02513-2

PubMed ID:

33590263

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Burn injury Case report Child abuse Guboow Traditional medical treatment

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/152434

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/152434

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