Halolike Phenomenon Around a Café au Lait Spot Superimposed on a Mongolian Spot

Pediatr Dermatol. 2017 May;34(3):e152-e153. doi: 10.1111/pde.13126.


An 8-month-old Caucasian infant with neurofibromatosis type 1 presented with a congenital plexiform neurofibroma and multiple café au lait spots. A pale area surrounded one of the café au lait spots located on the left gluteus in the area of dermal melanocytosis. This halolike phenomenon results from the disappearance of the Mongolian spot around the café au lait spots, revealing normal pigmented skin. This sign has been described rarely in the literature and the pathogenic mechanism is unclear.

MeSH terms

  • Cafe-au-Lait Spots / complications
  • Cafe-au-Lait Spots / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Mongolian Spot / complications
  • Mongolian Spot / diagnosis*
  • Neurofibromatosis 1 / diagnosis*