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May 1978

Universal Acquired MelanosisThe Carbon Baby

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatric Dermatology, Hospital Del Niño DIF, Mexico City (Drs Ruiz-Maldonado and Tamayo), and the Department of Pathology, Hospital General IMSS, Mexico City (Dr Fernandez-Diez).

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(5):775-778. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640170075017

• A Mexican child was born white and progressively became black. At the age of 21 months, the whole integument was deep black in the absence of other alterations. Electron microscopy showed a Negroid pattern in the epidermal melanosomes. Among the different forms of progressive mucocutaneous pigmentations previously described in the literature, we were unable to find a similar case.

(Arch Dermatol 114:775-778, 1978)