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Techniques in Neurosurgery & Neurology

Child Abuse: A Review of Neurosurgical and Medicolegal Considerations

  • Open or CloseDimitrios Panagopoulos*

    Medical School, University of Athens, Greece

    *Corresponding author: Dimitrios Panagopoulos, Medical School, University of Athens, Greece, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Neurosurgical Department at Pediatric Hospital of Athens, “Agia Sophia”, Thivon & Papadiamantopoulou St, Goudi, Athens, Greece, Post Code 11527

Submission: November 20, 2018 Published: August 30, 2019

DOI: 10.31031/TNN.2019.02.000544

ISSN 2637-7748
Volume2 Issue3


This manuscript’s goal is to provide an overview of child physical abuse and neglect, mainly from a neurosurgical point of view, and to describe the magnitude of the problem, as well as the triggers and factors that place children at risk for abuse and neglect. Besides examining the legal and clinical definitions of child abuse and neglect, common clinical outcomes, including the lifelong poor physical and mental health of victims are presented. Mandated reporting laws, and facilitating collaboration among child welfare, judicial, and health care systems are considered· important tools and resources for addressing child maltreatment in clinical practice are discussed. The ultimate goal of this article is to provide an overview and reference for neurosurgeons, including recognition of common child abuse syndromes, outcome prediction, medicolegal responsibilities and consequences, and prevention efforts.

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