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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Pattern Bruises

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ACEP Now - By Ralph J. Riviello - August 3, 2016 
"KEY POINTS
  • Pattern injuries have a distinct pattern that may reproduce the characteristics of the object that caused it.
  • Pattern injuries can be inflicted by blunt force, sharp force, or thermal mechanisms.
  • Pattern injuries are often seen in cases of intimate partner violence and child and elder abuse.
  • Linear objects produce a pattern of central clearing surrounded by two parallel lines.
  • Pattern injuries should raise the suspicion of potential abuse.
  • The offending object can be identified and linked to the wound, patient, and perpetrator in the forensic laboratory."