Newborn Nursery at LPCH

Cutis Aplasia

photo by Janelle Aby, MD

On examination of this infant, there were 3 areas of abnormality -- the nodule under the left eye, the red "excoriated" area lateral to the nodule, and the hairless, circular lesion anterior to the ear. The etiology of the nodule is unknown at this time, but the other two areas were felt to be consistent with cutis aplasia. Cutis aplasia is often thought of in association with trisomy 13, but it can also be an isolated finding in an otherwise well newborn, as in this case.

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