Burn injuries caused by a hair-dryer--an unusual case of child abuse

Forensic Sci Int. 2001 Jan 1;115(1-2):143-6. doi: 10.1016/s0379-0738(00)00324-8.


About 1.4-26% burn injuries in children appear to be abusive in origin. A 2.5-year-old girl was referred to our institute because of suspected child abuse. Clinical examination and later interrogation of the mother revealed non-recent deep second degree burn injuries on both gluteal regions, caused by the partner of the mother by pressing a hand-held hair-dryer against the skin. The authors present the findings of this unusual method of child abuse.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Home
  • Austria
  • Burns / etiology*
  • Burns / pathology*
  • Child Abuse / diagnosis*
  • Child Abuse / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Hair
  • Heating / instrumentation
  • Humans
  • Physical Examination