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June 1999

Iatrogenic Cutaneous Injuries in the Neonate

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Sourasky Medical Center (Drs Metzker and Brenner), the Department of Neonatology, Rabin Medical Center, Beilinson Campus (Dr Merlob), Petah Tiqva, and Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv (Drs Metzker, Brenner, and Merlob), Israel.

Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(6):697-703. doi:10.1001/archderm.135.6.697

Background  Iatrogenic cutaneous injuries of the neonate have decreased in number in the last 30 years because of changes in the medical procedures during the prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal periods.

Observations  The emergence of such cutaneous injuries derived from the use of instruments, blunt and sharp, from manual manipulations, from medications, and from hesitation or abstaining from intervention.

Conclusion  The dermatologist, unfamiliar with handling of neonates in the nursery, should be capable of recognizing and dealing with these phenomena when encountered in the acute stage or with their residue.

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