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Expedient treatment of a collodion baby.
Case Rep Dermatol Med 2011; 2011:803782CR

Abstract

Only ~270 cases of collodion babies have been reported in the literature since 1892. As the name suggests, the term "collodion baby" refers to a phenotype that can be characterized by a yellow, shiny, tight parchment-like membrane stretched over the skin. Although the collodion membrane is only an evanescent condition of the newborn, neonatal complications can occur in 45% of all collodion babies, leading to a mortality rate of ~11% in the first few weeks of life. Most children born as collodion babies will spontaneously desquamate within 2 weeks, but may be as long as 3 months. Eventually, these children develop signs of one of several types of ichthyosis, which gives the skin the appearance of "fish scales." We report a unique case of a Caucasian male that was born as a Collodion baby at the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Although the impairment of the skin barrier function put the patient at risk for a number of complications, he improved significantly after being treated with emollients and antibiotics. In contrast to previous findings, we found that skin emollients were beneficial and did not increase the risk of infection.

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University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY 40506-9983, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23198180

Citation

Chung, Michael, et al. "Expedient Treatment of a Collodion Baby." Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine, vol. 2011, 2011, p. 803782.
Chung M, Pittenger J, Tobin S, et al. Expedient treatment of a collodion baby. Case Rep Dermatol Med. 2011;2011:803782.
Chung, M., Pittenger, J., Tobin, S., Chung, A., & Desai, N. (2011). Expedient treatment of a collodion baby. Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine, 2011, p. 803782. doi:10.1155/2011/803782.
Chung M, et al. Expedient Treatment of a Collodion Baby. Case Rep Dermatol Med. 2011;2011:803782. PubMed PMID: 23198180.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Expedient treatment of a collodion baby. AU - Chung,Michael, AU - Pittenger,Jaime, AU - Tobin,Stuart, AU - Chung,Andrew, AU - Desai,Nirmala, Y1 - 2011/10/15/ PY - 2011/06/30/received PY - 2011/08/15/accepted PY - 2012/12/1/entrez PY - 2011/1/1/pubmed PY - 2011/1/1/medline SP - 803782 EP - 803782 JF - Case reports in dermatological medicine JO - Case Rep Dermatol Med VL - 2011 N2 - Only ~270 cases of collodion babies have been reported in the literature since 1892. As the name suggests, the term "collodion baby" refers to a phenotype that can be characterized by a yellow, shiny, tight parchment-like membrane stretched over the skin. Although the collodion membrane is only an evanescent condition of the newborn, neonatal complications can occur in 45% of all collodion babies, leading to a mortality rate of ~11% in the first few weeks of life. Most children born as collodion babies will spontaneously desquamate within 2 weeks, but may be as long as 3 months. Eventually, these children develop signs of one of several types of ichthyosis, which gives the skin the appearance of "fish scales." We report a unique case of a Caucasian male that was born as a Collodion baby at the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Although the impairment of the skin barrier function put the patient at risk for a number of complications, he improved significantly after being treated with emollients and antibiotics. In contrast to previous findings, we found that skin emollients were beneficial and did not increase the risk of infection. SN - 2090-6471 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23198180/Expedient_treatment_of_a_collodion_baby L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/803782 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -