Subcutaneous fat necrosis of the newborn: Be aware of hypercalcaemia
Article first published online: 19 MAY 2006
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 42, Issue 5, pages 316–318, May 2006
How to Cite
Borgia, F., Pasquale, L. D., Cacace, C., Meo, P., Guarneri, C. and Cannavo, S. P. (2006), Subcutaneous fat necrosis of the newborn: Be aware of hypercalcaemia. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 42: 316–318. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2006.00862.x
- Issue published online: 19 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 19 MAY 2006
- Accepted for publication 26 September 2005.
- perinatal asphyxia;
- subcutaneous fat necrosis.
Abstract: Subcutaneous fat necrosis of the newborn is an uncommon, self-limiting panniculitis that usually occurs in full-term infants as a consequence of perinatal asphyxia. The cutaneous involvement may be associated with metabolic complications such as hypoglycaemia, thrombocytopenia, hypertriglyceridemia, anemia and hypercalcaemia. The delayed onset of hypercalcaemia, 1–6 months after the development of the skin manifestations, imposes a prolonged follow-up to avoid its acute toxic effects on cardiovascular and renal systems and the more durable metastatic calcifications.