collodion baby


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baby

 [ba´be]
blue baby an infant born with cyanosis, a bluish color due to abnormally low concentration of oxygen in the circulating blood, usually due to one or more defect(s) of the heart or great vessels. See also congenital heart defect.
collodion baby an infant affected with lamellar exfoliation of the newborn.
baby Doe legislation a law that requires health care providers to provide treatment for severely handicapped newborns except when death appears inevitable, when treatment merely prolongs inevitable death, or when treatment is so futile as to be inhumane. The 1984 regulations give broader discretion to providers and parents than the original bill and carry out provisions of the Child Abuse Prevention Amendments of 1984.

col·lo·di·on ba·by

[MIM*146600]
a newborn child with lamellar ichthyosis; at birth, the skin is bright red, shiny, translucent, and drawn tight, giving a distorted appearance (as if having been painted with collodion) of immobilization of the face; contraction of the skin causes ectropion, a pressed down appearance of the nose, and a gaping of the mouth and the labia; autosomal dominant inheritance.

collodion baby

an infant whose skin at birth is covered with a scaly, parchmentlike membrane. See also harlequin fetus, lamellar exfoliation.
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Collodion baby
An infant covered with thickened, taut, parchment paper-like skin that is cyclically shed as a manifestation of lamellar ichthyosis—an autosomal recessive condition [MIM 242300] seen in 75% of such babies; the tightened skin results in a flattened nose, ectropion, fixation of the lips into an O-shape, ‘cracking’ of brittle skin with respiratory effort; the scaling of the skin is most prominent in the flexures of extremities; hair may be absent or may penetrate the ‘parchment’
Prognosis Uncertain
Management High humidity