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Case Reports
November 1945

DERMATITIS EXFOLIATIVA NEONATORUM (RITTER'S DISEASE)

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

Am J Dis Child. 1945;70(5):329-330. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1945.02020230069012
Abstract

Dermatitis exfoliativa neonatorum (Ritter's disease) has been described as an acute exfoliative and bullous cutaneous disease of unknown cause occurring in newborn infants. An opportunity to observe such a case was presented recently.

REPORT OF A CASE  An 8 day old Negro boy was admitted to this hospital on Feb. 14, 1945, with the following history: He was delivered spontaneously at home on February 6. At birth the physician in charge observed that the child had peculiar sharply demarcated red glazed areas on all four extremities. On the third day the skin sloughed from these sites, leaving hemorrhagic crusted raw surfaces. At the same time, ulcerations appeared over the hard palate and gums. Breast feeding was discontinued. The baby began to have diarrhea shortly afterward.The antepartum course of the mother was entirely uneventful. This was her fourth child. Serologic reactions of both parents were negative for syphilis and dark

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