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Laptop computer-induced erythema ab igne in a child and review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20921068     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report here the case of a 12-year-old boy with erythema ab igne on his left thigh caused by the use of a laptop computer. This is the youngest of the 10 reported patients with this laptop-induced dermatosis since its first description in 2004. Erythema ab igne is a reticular, pigmented, sometimes telangiectatic dermatosis that is caused by prolonged exposure to a heat or infrared source. In laptop-induced erythema ab igne, the localization on the thighs and asymmetry are characteristic. The heat originates from the optical drive, the battery, or the ventilation fan of the computer.
Andreas W Arnold; Peter H Itin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review     Date:  2010-10-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  126     ISSN:  1098-4275     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatrics     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-02     Completed Date:  2010-11-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e1227-30     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Basel, Petersgraben 4, 4031 Basel, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Erythema / etiology*
Hot Temperature / adverse effects*
Leg Dermatoses / etiology*
Telangiectasis / etiology
Video Games

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