SEPSIS is the most frequent cause of pyrexia during the newborn period. The purpose of the present report is to present a case with an unusual cause of fever during the newborn period, anhidrotic ectodermal dysplasia.
Report of a Case
A 1-week-old white female infant was admitted to the Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles because of fever of undetermined origin. She was the product of a normal full term primiparous pregnancy, normal labor and delivery. On the third day of life the patient developed a temperature of 102.2 F (39 C) without associated symptoms. Penicillin was administered intramuscularly, and the child was subsequently discharged from the hospital on a regimen of tetracycline hydrochloride. On the seventh day of life the fever recurred, associated with vomiting, anorexia, and irritability. Penicillin was again administered intramuscularly, and the infant was referred for hospitalization.Physical examination revealed a well developed, irritable infant. Her temperature