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June 2001

Neonatal and Infantile Erythrodermas

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(6):822-823. doi:

We read with interest the recent study by Pruszkowski et al1 in the July 2000 issue of the ARCHIVES and think that the authors have made a commendable effort to determine the frequency of the various causes of erythrodermas in neonates and infants.1 We conducted a similar study2 in children that also included neonates and infants in the dermatology unit of Lady Hardinge Medical College and associated Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital, New Delhi, India, which is one of the largest children's hospitals in Asia having its own exclusive dermatology unit. To the best of our knowledge, our study2 is one of the first of its kind from Asia. Subsequently, we have continued to delineate the various causes of erythrodermas in neonates and infants in a retrospective analysis (unpublished data, January 1993 to December 1999) to remediate the paucity of literature on such research from both Asian and Western countries.

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