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April 1990

Skin Lesions as the Sole Manifestation of the Fetal Varicella Syndrome

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8060 Market St Youngstown, OH 44512

Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(4):546-547. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670280132036

To the Editor.—  We present a case of fetal varicella syndrome with skin lesions as the sole manifestation. No reference of a similar case was found in our search of the American literature. This case appears unique, but may reflect an underreporting of this benign phenomenon in comparison to the full-blown syndrome with its multiple serious congenital defects that has been fully described. The infant went on to develop herpes zoster at 13 months of age.

Report of a Case.—  The patient's mother developed the typical eruption of varicella in the 17th week of her first pregnancy. The cutaneous lesions healed within 4 weeks. The remainder of her pregnancy was uneventful. She gave birth to a healthy female infant at 40 weeks of gestation. The infant was noted to have 11 peculiar skin lesions at birth. The neonatal period was otherwise normal.The patient was seen for evaluation of her

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