International guideline: Contact children of abused children should be formally evaluated

Clinical Question

What formal evaluations should contact children of abused children undergo?

Bottom line

Contact children who are younger than 5 years should undergo a history and physical examination. Children younger than 12 months should have an MRI and skeletal survey. Children 12 months to 24 months of age should have a skeletal survey. No routine imaging is indicated in asymptomatic children older than 24 months. Children with positive findings should be investigated as an abused child. 5

Study design: Practice guideline

Funding: Unknown/not stated

Setting: Various (guideline)


Henry C. Barry, MD, MS
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

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Arup Kumar Dhara

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child abuse