|Color Atlas of Pediatric Dermatology|
Section 19. Panniculopathies
Topics Discussed: subcutaneous fat necrosis of the newborn.
Sections: Subcutaneous Fat Necrosis, Sclerema Neonatorum, Erythema Nodosum, Relapsing, Febrile, Nodular, Nonsuppurative Panniculitis (Weber-Christian), Panniculitis from Cold, Lipoatrophy (Lipodystrophy), Acanthosis Nigricans and Lipoatrophy.
Excerpt:"This is a self-resolving and benign condition that is seen in healthy newborns. The etiology of this disorder is probably ischemic injury to subcutaneous fat. Lesions often develop at sites of pressure. The infants develop single or multiple firm red-purple nodules or plaques that are asymptomatic. Cheeks, back, buttocks, and thighs are the most common locations. It is difficult to capture the quality of panniculitis in the figure, but a sense of it can be appreciated on the back of the patient pictured in Fig. 19-2...."
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