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August 1994

Linear Erosions in a Newborn

Author Affiliations

Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Mich

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(8):1060. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690080127023

REPORT OF A CASE  A black child was born to a 14-year-old primagravida during week 35 of gestation. On delivery, the boy was in respiratory distress and required intubation. The patient manifested multiple scars, erosions, ulcerations, and constricting bands of his scalp, trunk, and extremities. There was no maternal history of drug or alcohol use during the prenatal period.Cutaneous examination revealed a ring constriction extending deep into the subcutaneous tissue on the left thigh (Figure 1). Distal to the constriction, the limb was abducted with a club foot. Trunk exami- nation revealed a linear erosion (1.0×1.0 cm) across the back (Figure 2). The right foot showed a ring constriction of the third metatarsal. Craniofacial defects included multiple shallow ulcerations with scarring over bilateral frontotemporal regions and vertex of the scalp. In addition, there were multiple superficial erosions and atrophic scars (1.0×1.0 cm) over the shoulders, knees, hips, and right