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Hautarzt. 2000 Jun;51(6):396-400.

[Skin changes in newborn infants in the first 5 days of life].

[Article in German]

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Klinik und Poliklinik f├╝r Dermatologie, Universit├Ątsklinikum Regensburg.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:

To prospectively survey skin lesions in a large group of newborns, as no such study has as yet been performed in Germany.

PATIENTS/METHODS:

In a prospective study, we examined one thousand newborn babies twelve to 120 hours old.

RESULTS:

In 59.7%, one or more skin lesions could be detected, some of which were only transient. Noticeable differences from other studies included a higher incidence of congenital melanocytic nevi (6%) and port wine stains (2.8%). Instead of the usual male:female ratio of 1:2 we found a 1:1 ratio for port wine stains. Toxic erythema of the newborn and milia were less frequent than in other studies.

CONCLUSIONS:

With a frequency of 37.2%, vascular lesions such as nevus flammeus and hemangioma are the most common skin lesions in newborns. Our study found a higher incidence of congenital melanocytic nevi than reported in literature. An associated of skin lesions and maternal smoking during pregnancy was not detected.

PMID:
10907153
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