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JAMA Dermatology Clinicopathological Challenge
May 2014

Recurring Diffuse Annular Erythematous Plaques in a Newborn

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine–Pediatrics, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(5):565-566. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.8059

A newborn female infant presented with an asymptomatic eruption that first began on her fifth day of life. The lesions developed over a 24-hour period, lasted for approximately 3 to 6 weeks before spontaneously resolving, and recurred several days later. When the patient was treated with prednisone by her primary physician for an upper respiratory tract infection, her lesions quickly cleared, only to recur a few days after stopping treatment with the medication. The infant was otherwise healthy with normal growth and development, and no household contacts were experiencing any eruptions or pruritus.

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