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Essential telangiectasia in an infant: a diagnosis to be considered


Essential generalized telangiectasia as the result of postcapillary venule dilatation, is characterized by the sudden development of generalized telangiectasias, sometimes involving the conjunctiva. A few pediatric cases have been reported. The main condition in the differential diagnosis includes syndromes with telangiectasia such as hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia of Rendu-Osler, unilateral nevoid telangiectasia, and neonatal lupus erythematous. We present an 11-month-old boy that presented because of telangiectasia located on the face and neck. The telangiectasias appeared at two months of age and followed a progressive course. Nd-YAG laser therapy could be an interesting therapeutic approach in cosmetically compromised cases.

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