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Scald Abuse

Erik Stratman, MD; John Melski, MD
Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(3):318-320. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.3.318.
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Figure 1.

Large serous bullae of the buttocks and perineum with surrounding erythema. The arrow indicates the gluteal cleft tide mark.

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Figure 2.

When a child is forcibly submersed (A), if held in a flexed position, the flexural skin creases will be spared, resulting in the "zebra stripe" scald pattern (B). If the child is pushed against the bottom of the cooler container during scalding, the "doughnut hole" scald pattern may result (C).

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