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Intentional burns mimickers

The following is a summary of the systematic review findings up to the date of our most recent literature search. If you have a specific clinical case, we strongly recommend you read all of the relevant references as cited and look for additional material published outside our search dates.


Review last updated April 2011

Many skin disorders, endogenous or exogenous, may be mistaken for intentional burns. We have systematically reviewed this literature to define their characteristics and enable this distinction. A number of traditional remedies involve burns and it is important to recognise these.


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   – Overall results
   – Age
   – Gender
   – Influence of ethnicity and socio-economic group

Exogenous skin disorders

Endogenous skin disorders

Intentional burns without malicious intent

Implications for practice

Research implications

Limitations of review findings

Other useful references


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