The postmortem finding of anal dilation or an exposed pectinate line in children who have died under suspicious circumstances continues to raise the concern of possible sexual abuse.
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A standard protocol along with mm cameras were used to record the results. No fissures, lacerations, hemorrhoids, or scars were found in anus of the children.
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It is suggested, anus, that anal dilatation alone cannot be used a marker for prior sexual abuse and the exposure of the pectinate line should not be confused with tears or fissures of the anal verge. Dilate studies of children known to have been sodomized prior to death are required. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. Didn't get the message?