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August 1934


Author Affiliations


From the Departments of Dermatology and Obstetrics, Harlem Hospital.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;30(2):257-259. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460140083013

A superficial, benign type of pyodermia occurring in the new-born has been observed, rather infrequently, during the past few years in the obstetric service of Harlem Hospital. In this institution the vast majority of patients are Negroes, which probably accounts for the fact that the infection has been observed entirely in the Negro infant. It is likewise possible that this cutaneous disorder is more common in this race.

Except for a paper by Reed,1 a search of the literature failed to reveal a discussion of this disorder in the new-born. Reed discussed some aspects of the condition, but he was somewhat confusing since he conveyed the impression that this type of pyodermia is a clinical variation of impetigo contagiosa neonatorum. Since this superficial, benign pyodermia is at times confused with impetigo contagiosa of the new-born, it seems appropriate to stress the importance of the superficial pustular folliculitis of the