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Pediatr Dermatol. 1996 Sep-Oct;13(5):410-4.

Bullous mastocytosis in an infant associated with the use of a nonprescription cough suppressant.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston 29425-2215, USA.


Bullous mastocytosis is an unusual expression of mastocytosis typically seen in young children, and many causes of the acute mast cell degranulation with bulla formation have been identified. We report a 6-month-old boy with urticaria pigmentosa and an extensive bullous eruption associated with the ingestion of a nonprescription cough suppressant containing dextromethorphan. The pathogenesis of mastocytosis and the care of patients with this disease are discussed.

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