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Physiological striae in adolescence: not physical abuse
  1. Mahesh Masand
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mahesh Masand, Department of Paediatrics, Dr Gray's Hospital, Elgin Morayshire IV30 1SN, UK; mmasand{at}

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Linear red to purple marks (figure 1) were seen on the back of 16-year-old boy brought to the emergency department around midnight with chest pains and palpitations. According to the patient, these marks had been there for a few years and he denied any history …

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