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June 1997

Anetoderma of Prematurity

Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology Faculty of Medicine Jordan University of Science & Technology PO Box 3030 Irbid, Jordan

Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(6):789. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890420135024

In the June 1996 issue of the Archives, Prizant et al1 describe a previously unrecognized type of anetoderma in 9 extremely premature neonates born between 24 and 29 weeks of gestation. The authors suggest that the placement of adhesive monitoring leads may be implicated in the cause of the anetoderma and that the fragile and sick condition of the newborns may be a contributing factor. I report an additional case of anetoderma of prematurity, which adds further information about this new entity.

My son, a monozygotic, dichorionic twin, was born at 32 weeks' gestational age by cesarean section because of intrauterine growth retardation secondary to idiopathic placental insufficiency. His birth weight was 794 g and he remained in the neonatal intensive care unit for a few weeks until his weight increased and he was sucking satisfactorily. He developed no complications and was never fragile or sick. At the age

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