Well-Appearing Newborn With a Vesiculobullous Rash at Birth

Pediatrics. 2018 Mar;141(3):e20170236. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-0236. Epub 2018 Feb 6.

Abstract

A term, appropriate-for-gestational-age, male infant born via normal spontaneous vaginal delivery presented at birth with a full-body erythematous, vesiculobullous rash. He was well-appearing with normal vital signs and hypoglycemia that quickly resolved. His father had a history of herpes labialis. His mother had an episode of herpes zoster during pregnancy and a prolonged rupture of membranes that was adequately treated. The patient underwent a sepsis workup, including 2 attempted but unsuccessful lumbar punctures, and was started on broad-spectrum antibiotics and acyclovir, given concerns about bacterial or viral infection. The rash evolved over the course of several days. Subsequent workup, with particular attention to his history and presentation, led to his diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Exanthema / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Mastocytosis, Cutaneous / diagnosis*
  • Mastocytosis, Cutaneous / drug therapy
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases, Vesiculobullous / etiology*