What is the role of pediculosis and pthiriasis (lice infestation) in the forensic evaluation of rape?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Lyn C C Guenther, MD, FRCPC, FAAD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Properly evaluating persons who have been raped is essential. Evidence should be collected in such a way as to avoid contamination and to ensure a legal chain of custody. Human DNA can now be identified in the blood present in a pubic louse. Lice recovered after an attack have the potential to provide evidence valuable in securing a conviction.


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