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Pediatrics. 2010 Nov;126(5):e1227-30. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-1390. Epub 2010 Oct 4.

Laptop computer-induced erythema ab igne in a child and review of the literature.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Basel, Petersgraben 4, 4031 Basel, Switzerland. aarnold@uhbs.ch

Abstract

We report here the case of a 12-year-old boy with erythema ab igne on his left thigh caused by the use of a laptop computer. This is the youngest of the 10 reported patients with this laptop-induced dermatosis since its first description in 2004. Erythema ab igne is a reticular, pigmented, sometimes telangiectatic dermatosis that is caused by prolonged exposure to a heat or infrared source. In laptop-induced erythema ab igne, the localization on the thighs and asymmetry are characteristic. The heat originates from the optical drive, the battery, or the ventilation fan of the computer.

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