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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 147-149

Annular erythema of infancy: A diagnostic challenge

1 Department of Dermatology, STD and Leprosy, Burdwan Medical College, Burdwan, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, India
3 Department of Pediatrics, Dr. B. C. Roy Post Graduate institute of Paediatric Sciences, Kolkata West Bengal, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2319-7250.143678

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Annular erythemas in infancy are uncommon to rare in occurreance. Erythema migrans is the most common variety to be reported amidst the younger age group. This group of conditions poses a diagnostic challenge to the physician as the differentials can range from a benign annular erythema of infancy with good prognosis and no long-term defects to neonatal lupus erythematosus (NLE) having a bad prognosis with increased morbidity and mortality. We report a case of annular erythema of infancy in a 5 day old male infant to emphasize that in spite of the history of spontaneous abortions in the mother, which pointed towards a more grave diagnosis of NLE, benign conditions like annular erythema of infancy needs to be kept in mind.

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