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Calcified cutaneous nodules on the heels of children: a complication of heel sticks as a neonate.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11358556     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report the presence of calcified nodules on the heels secondary to heel sticks in healthy monozygotic twins in childhood. The subjects were born preterm at 34 weeks. The heels were normal at birth. While in the hospital, they underwent multiple heel sticks as a means of venesection. The wounds failed to heal normally and warty lesions developed. Calcified cutaneous nodules secondary to heel sticks have been reported primarily in high-risk, preterm infants. There have also been two reports of their development in normal healthy infants. To date, all reported lesions have been asymptomatic, with spontaneous resolution by 18-30 months. These cases indicate that such lesions can in fact be chronic, extending into childhood, when they may become symptomatic. Dermatologists should therefore consider this diagnosis as a cause of warty, calcified nodules on the heel in childhood as well as in infants and in neonates.
D Williamson; P J Holt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric dermatology     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0736-8046     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Dermatol     Publication Date:    2001 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-05-18     Completed Date:  2001-07-26     Revised Date:  2009-03-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406799     Medline TA:  Pediatr Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  138-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, Wales.
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MeSH Terms
Calcinosis / etiology,  pathology*
Child, Preschool
Infant, Newborn
Phlebotomy / adverse effects
Skin Diseases / etiology,  pathology*
Twins, Monozygotic

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