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Subcutaneous Fat Necrosis of the Newborn Associated with Anemia


Address correspondence to Birgül Varan, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Başkent University School of Medicine, 06490 Bahçelievler, Ankara, Turkey.


Abstract: Subcutaneous fat necrosis (SFN) of the newborn characteristically affects full-term infants who have experienced perinatal distress, such as hypothermia, obstetric trauma, or asphyxia. We report a newborn who had pallor, deep breathing, and severe anemia immediately after birth. She developed SFN on the fourth postnatal day. Her condition improved after blood transfusions and the skin lesions resolved in 6 weeks. This appears to be the first report of SFN associated with anemia.