Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Can we identify abusive bites on children?
  1. A Kemp,
  2. S A Maguire,
  3. J Sibert,
  4. R Frost,
  5. C Adams,
  6. M Mann
  1. University of Wales College of Medicine Academic Centre, Llandough Hospital NHS Trust, Penarth, South Glamorgan CF64 2XX, UK;

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

Bites are currently the only physically abusive injury where we can potentially identify the perpetrator. This may be from the dental characteristics or additionally from salivary DNA.1 Bites may also be a source of cross infection, for example of hepatitis. It is essential therefore that paediatricians recognise a potential bite, and refer appropriately to a forensic odontologist (of which there about 20 in the UK; details on the BAFO website2). We conducted an all language systematic review of the literature spanning more than …

View Full Text


  • Competing interests: None declared.