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November 1981

Neonatal Pityriasis Versicolor

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(11):752-753. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650110074028

Pityriasis (tinea) versicolor is a common, superficial, fungal infection caused by Pityrosporum orbiculare and is usually seen in young men and women.1 Although rare, it has been reported in infants and the elderly, but to our knowledge, never in a patient as young as 2 weeks of age. We report herein environmental factors that may have contributed to the early onset of this infection.

Report of a Case  A male infant was examined for depigmented areas on his trunk that had been noted at the age of 2 weeks. The mother's labor and the subsequent delivery of the patient had been normal. However, the patient was placed in an incubator at the intensive care nursery at the age of 10 hours because of suspected sepsis. No source of infection was found, and, therefore, no therapy was instituted. On physical examination, numerous hypopigmented macules and patches were noted on the

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