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 CASE REPORT
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 74  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38--40

Universal acquired melanosis (Carbon baby)


1 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Rajah Muthiah Medical College and Hospital, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Pathology, Rajah Muthiah Medical College and Hospital, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.38406

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We report a 3-year-old girl born with fair complexion which became darker. The color change was insidious in onset at the age of 5 months, asymptomatic and progressive involving the entire body surface. Histopathology revealed increased pigmentation of the epidermal basal layer. Universal acquired melanosis is a rare form of hypermelanosis which was synonymously referred to as "Carbon baby". This is a rare presentation with only one earlier case report.






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