A harmful traditional practice in newborns with adrenocorticotropic hormone resistance syndrome: branding

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Baştuğ O., KORKMAZ L., Korkut S., Halis H., GÜNEŞ T., Kurtoglu S.

TURK PEDIATRI ARSIVI-TURKISH ARCHIVES OF PEDIATRICS, vol.51, no.4, pp.224-227, 2016 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier


Branding refers to a traditional practice of creating 'herapeutic' burns with hot iron rods over the skin in order to treat various diseases. Although branding is a harmful practice for the body, it has been used for various illnesses including physiologic jaundice in newborns, pneumonia, and convulsions. It causes serious morbidity and delays seeking proper medical care in neonates. Innovations of modern medicine and the use of evidence-based medicine should be preferred instead of these traditional practices. We present a branded mature newborn baby who was diagnosed as having adrenocorticotropic hormone resistance syndrome. This problem is very rare in Turkey; however, it is a very important health issue and has social aspects. Therefore, this case is presented to increase awareness.