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Implications for practice

  • A human bite on a child should be suspected if there is any 2-5cm oval / circular injury, with a circumscribed annular border, with or without central ecchymosis 
  • Any suspicious lesion must have photographs taken with a right-angled measuring device and these need to be taken in each plane if the injury is on a curved surface 
  • Early referral of suspicious injuries to forensic dentists is mandatory to enable possible identification of a specific perpetrator 


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