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Immunodeficiency induced by child abuse

Authors
Journal
Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine
1353-1131
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
5
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s1353-1131(98)90137-7
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract We report the case of a 9-year-old girl who died from sepsis from cellulitis of the neck caused by a right ear injury. The autopsy findings showed severe involution of the thymus and atrophy of lymphoid tissues. The impairment of T- and B-cell functions was demonstrated both histologically and immunohistologically. Thymic involution caused by child abuse might lead to secondary immunodeficiency.

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