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Epidermolytic ichthyosis complicated by staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome in the newborn


Epidermolytic ichthyosis is characterized by erythema and blistering at birth. We present a neonate with epidermolytic ichthyosis who had a subtle change in clinical findings while hospitalized, including increased fussiness, erythema, and a change in her skin odor, which represented superimposed staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome. This case highlights the unique challenge of recognizing cutaneous infections in neonates with blistering skin disorders and emphasizes the importance of having a high suspicion for superinfection in this population.

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