• A female infant was born with generalized blue-gray discoloration of the skin. Light microscopy demonstrated the diffuse distribution of dihydroxyphenylalanine-positive, dermal melanocytes. Electron microscopy confirmed the identification of the pigment-bearing cells as melanocytes and demonstrated individual melanocytes to be invested with a filamentous extracellular sheath. To our knowledge, comparable, generalized, dermal melanocytosis has not previously been reported in a newborn.
(Arch Dermatol 1981;117:791-793)
Bashiti HM, Blair JD, Triska RA, Keller L. Generalized Dermal Melanocytosis. Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(12):791-793. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650120037018