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April 1997

Transient Cephalic Neonatal Pustulosis

Author Affiliations

Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine Division of Dermatology Università degli Studi di Bologna Via Massarenti 1-40138 Bologna, Italy


Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(4):528-529. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890400134024

We read with interest the article by Rapelanoro and coworkers1 on neonatal Malassezia furfur pustulosis (NMFP), which appeared in the February 1996 issue of the Archives. We have recently had the opportunity to observe 2 cases of this same disease.

Report of Cases. Case 1.  In January 1995, a 23-day-old infant was referred to us by the Department of Pediatrics of our university (Università degli Studi di Bologna, Bologna, Italy) for evaluation of a pustular eruption. At the time of our observation, the infant presented with a pustular eruption of the forehead, the upper and lower right eyelid, the nose, and the chin. The pustules were surrounded by an erythematous halo and had been observed since the first week of life; occasional papules were seen in the same area (Figure 1). The infant was otherwise healthy. A sample for assessment of cutaneous microflora obtained from pustules produced negative results