Toddler’s unexplained injuries lead to Australian-first skin fragility diagnosis

Initially thought to be signs of abuse, the child's multiple superficial erosions were actually caused by a rare subtype of epidermolysis bullosa.

A suspected child abuse case in a two-year-old girl turned out to be an Australian-first presentation of a rare epidermolysis bullosa subtype.

Doctors say their case is a reminder to keep an “open mind” when treating unexplained skin injuries as they may be caused by child abuse ‘mimics’ such as skin fragility disorders.