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CME ARTICLE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 47-53

Neonatal erythroderma (red baby)


1 Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Army College of Medical Sciences, Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Rashmi Sarkar
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi -110 002
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2319-7250.122160

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Erythroderma in neonates is a rare but a well established life threatening entity. Though it has been studied extensively in adults, the literature is lacking in the paediatric age group. The underlying etiological causes of neonatal erythroderma are pre-existing cutaneous diseases, infections, immunodeficiency disorders, metabolic and nutritional disorders and drugs. It is a challenge to diagnose the underlying etiology of neonatal erythroderma due to the rare specific presentation of the characteristic clinical signs and histopathological changes. In this review we discuss the incidence, etiology, specific points in history and examination which can be useful at arriving at the diagnosis and outline of management.


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