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Indian J Dermatol. 2012 Mar;57(2):131-2. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.94284.

Laptop induced erythema ab igne.

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Department of Dermatology, Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal University, Manipal, India.


Erythema ab igne is a reticular, pigmented dermatosis caused by prolonged and repeated exposure to infrared radiation that is insufficient to produce a burn. The use of laptop computers has increased manifold in the recent past. Prolonged contact of the laptop with the skin can lead to the development of erythema ab igne. We present a case of erythema ab igne secondary to laptop use in an Indian student.


Erythema ab igne; abdomen; laptop

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