n South African Journal of Surgery - Patterned bruising caused by an automobile tyre : an accurate guide to the mechanism of injury : scientific letter

Volume 54, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0038-2361
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5151



Patterned bruises are frequently noted on trauma victims. Although these bruises do not require any specific treatment, they provide objective evidence of impact. They also provide valuable clues to determining the impacting object, the mechanism of injury and have medico-legal importance. We present a case to illustrate and discuss the clinical utility of patterned bruises.

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