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One Redness in Newborn

Cátia Pereira1* and Ana Vaz2

1Department of Pediatrics, Hospital Santa Maria (CHLN), Lisbon Academic Medical Center, Portugal

2Department of Women and Child, Hospital de Cascais Dr. José de Almeida, Portugal

*Corresponding Author:
Cátia Pereira
Department of Pediatrics
Hospital Santa Maria (CHLN)
Lisbon Academic Medical Center
1649-035 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel: 351 217805000
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Received Date: January 11, 2016 Accepted Date: January 20, 2016 Published Date: January 22, 2016

Citation: Pereira C (2016) One Redness in Newborn. Pediatr Ther 6:i112. doi: 10.4172/2161-0665.1000i112

Copyright: © 2016 Pereira C, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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A 6-day-old term girl was brought to the hospital due to a lump appearing in the back two days ago, without trauma history or fever. Physical examination revealed a violaceous indurated subcutaneous nodule. Laboratory investigation revealed normal calcium levels. Ultrasound showed increased thickness and echogenicity of the subcutaneous tissue and lipomatous edema. A diagnosis of subcutaneous fat necrosis was made. The lesion regressed gradually, without complications.


Figure 1: Subcutaneous nodule in the back.


Figure 2: Subcutaneous nodule in regression.

Subcutaneous fat necrosis of the newborn is rare and affects fullterm newborns in the first weeks of life often following a traumatic delivery [1,2]. It is a panniculitis and presents mostly on the cheeks, buttocks, arms, thighs or back [1,3]. Hypercalcaemia, which may appear until six months after the skin lesion, is the most severe complication [4]. The majority of lesions resolve spontaneously and prognosis is generally good except for the cases of hypercalcaemia [1,4]. Accurate diagnosis allows early detection and treatment of complications.


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