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Sucking pads (sucking calluses) of the lips in neonates: a manifestation of transient leukoedema.
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PMID:  3658833     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The clinical and histologic features of sucking pads in neonates are clearly different from sucking blisters and leukoedema, both of which may also be present in neonates. We propose that the condition is due to a combination of intracellular edema and hyperkeratosis. Perhaps the alternative term of sucking calluses is more appropriate. The intracellular edema is ascribed to passive diffusion of fluid, presumably saliva, into the cells, while the hyperkeratosis is regarded as an adaptive phenomenon to friction during sucking.
T Heyl; E J Raubenheimer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric dermatology     Volume:  4     ISSN:  0736-8046     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Dermatol     Publication Date:  1987 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-11-06     Completed Date:  1987-11-06     Revised Date:  2009-03-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406799     Medline TA:  Pediatr Dermatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  123-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, Ga-Rankuwa Hospital, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Callosities / etiology*,  pathology
Child, Preschool
Infant, Newborn
Leukoedema, Oral / complications*
Lip Diseases / etiology*,  pathology
Mouth Diseases / complications*

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