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Frequency and characteristics of mongolian spots among Turkish children in Aegean region.
Turk J Pediatr 2006 Jul-Sep; 48(3):232-6TJ

Abstract

Mongolian spots, which are benign congenital lesions observed in the first years of life, can cause distress for parents due to aberrant localization as well as unexpected number and size. Therefore, efficient differential diagnosis is necessary. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency and characteristics of mongolian spots in 1-12-month-old children in a west Anatolian city and to evaluate parental approach to these lesions. The study included 924 children who presented to Ege University Hospital Healthy Child Outpatient Department between January and August 2003. A questionnaire was applied to the families while all children were examined scrupulously for the presence of mongolian spots. The frequency of these lesions in the study population was determined to be 26%; this rate was 20% and 31% in boys and girls, respectively. No lesion was detected in blond-haired children; however, it was detected in 47% of brunettes. Most common localizations were lumbosacral, gluteal, and back, though knee, scalp and feet were also encountered. Upon questioning, most parents stated it was a birth mark; however, 10% accepted to consult a doctor about the issue. In conclusion, identifying mongolian spots and informing parents are essential to strengthen the family-doctor relationship.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Departments of Pediatrics, Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17172067

Citation

Egemen, Ayten, et al. "Frequency and Characteristics of Mongolian Spots Among Turkish Children in Aegean Region." The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics, vol. 48, no. 3, 2006, pp. 232-6.
Egemen A, Ikizoğlu T, Ergör S, et al. Frequency and characteristics of mongolian spots among Turkish children in Aegean region. Turk J Pediatr. 2006;48(3):232-6.
Egemen, A., Ikizoğlu, T., Ergör, S., Mete Asar, G., & Yilmaz, O. (2006). Frequency and characteristics of mongolian spots among Turkish children in Aegean region. The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics, 48(3), pp. 232-6.
Egemen A, et al. Frequency and Characteristics of Mongolian Spots Among Turkish Children in Aegean Region. Turk J Pediatr. 2006;48(3):232-6. PubMed PMID: 17172067.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Frequency and characteristics of mongolian spots among Turkish children in Aegean region. AU - Egemen,Ayten, AU - Ikizoğlu,Tarkan, AU - Ergör,Serap, AU - Mete Asar,Gülgün, AU - Yilmaz,Ozge, PY - 2006/12/19/pubmed PY - 2007/1/31/medline PY - 2006/12/19/entrez SP - 232 EP - 6 JF - The Turkish journal of pediatrics JO - Turk. J. Pediatr. VL - 48 IS - 3 N2 - Mongolian spots, which are benign congenital lesions observed in the first years of life, can cause distress for parents due to aberrant localization as well as unexpected number and size. Therefore, efficient differential diagnosis is necessary. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency and characteristics of mongolian spots in 1-12-month-old children in a west Anatolian city and to evaluate parental approach to these lesions. The study included 924 children who presented to Ege University Hospital Healthy Child Outpatient Department between January and August 2003. A questionnaire was applied to the families while all children were examined scrupulously for the presence of mongolian spots. The frequency of these lesions in the study population was determined to be 26%; this rate was 20% and 31% in boys and girls, respectively. No lesion was detected in blond-haired children; however, it was detected in 47% of brunettes. Most common localizations were lumbosacral, gluteal, and back, though knee, scalp and feet were also encountered. Upon questioning, most parents stated it was a birth mark; however, 10% accepted to consult a doctor about the issue. In conclusion, identifying mongolian spots and informing parents are essential to strengthen the family-doctor relationship. SN - 0041-4301 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17172067/Frequency_and_characteristics_of_mongolian_spots_among_Turkish_children_in_Aegean_region_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/skincancer.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -