Genital and anal conditions confused with child sexual abuse trauma

Am J Dis Child. 1990 Dec;144(12):1319-22. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150360043017.


Examination of a child with genital or anal disease may give rise to suspicion of sexual abuse. Dermatologic, traumatic, infectious, and congenital disorders may be confused with sexual abuse. Seven children referred to us are representative of such confusion.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anus Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / diagnosis*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dermatitis / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Genital Diseases, Female / diagnosis*
  • Genitalia, Female / abnormalities
  • Genitalia, Female / injuries
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male