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Case Reports
August 1930


Am J Dis Child. 1930;40(2):337-344. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01940020113011

Subcutaneous fat necrosis is also called by the following terms: ischemic fat necrosis, traumatic fat necrosis of the new-born, pseudo-scleroderma, sclerema neonatorum, scleroderma neonatorum, curable induration of the skin of the new-born, adiponecrosis subcutanea neonatorum, necrosis adiposis neonatorum, erysipelitis infantum, Verhärtung des Zellgewebes, Subcutane Fettgewebenecrosen beim neugeborenen, fettsklerose im säuglingsalter, Hautsklerom, scleroma dei neonati, sclérème des nouveau-nés, endurcissement du tissu cellulaire, Induration cutanée curable des nouveau-nés, cytostéatonecrose du tissu sous-cutané, sclérème adipeux en plaques.

Under this varied nomenclature is described a condition of the skin in the new-born which is manifested by an area of pink or pinkish-blue discoloration, variable in size and circumference. The edges, sharply defined, may be slightly raised or flat, and the consistency is not unlike hard, cold dough, or as has been described, "like the dead half frozen foetus." The skin does not pit on pressure. When grasped enmasse, the skin and the subcutaneous tissue