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November 2001

Congenital Erosions

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Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(11):1521-1526. doi:

A 5-day-old white boy (weight, 2550 g), the product of a 38-week gestation, presented with gastroschisis and congenital erosions of both index fingers and right thumbs. After repair of the gastroschisis, the patient was discharged and was later hospitalized 3 times for dehydration and failure to thrive. On physical examination at the last admission, he had 1- to 10-cm, generalized, nonscarring, tense blisters and erosions on his face, including the lips, as well as his hard palate, trunk, perianal area, and extremities, including the heels (Figure 1).