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April 1997

Congenital Anetoderma Induced by Intrauterine Infection?

Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology University of Graz Medical School Auenbrugger Platz 8 A-8036 Graz, Austria

Eisenstadt, Austria

Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(4):526-527. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890400132021

We read with interest the article by Prizant et al1 in the June 1996 issue of the Archives. It was suspected that the atrophic patches in premature infants developed in areas being exposed to cutaneous monitoring leads or adhesives during intensive care in the first weeks of life. This new entity of traumatic anetoderma of premature infants, mostly seen on the thoracic wall or proximal extremities, reminded us of similar lesions of anetoderma that we observed in a healthy newborn.

Report of a Case.  A healthy male newborn was delivered at term (weight, 2.9 kg; length, 48 cm) after a normal pregnancy as the woman's second child. The mother, who was 28 years old, had no history of infection during pregnancy, especially no tick bites or erythema migrans. Test results for antibodies against Borrelia burgdorferi were negative. The newborn developed mild icterus neonatorum in the first week, which was

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