Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Suzette | 2008/06/19


New Born to have Skin Biopsy

Please can you tell me if its possible for a new born baby to have skin cancer. If not, then can you please tell me why would they do a biopsy on her. In brief, she was born with some kind of blisters all over her body. According to the doctor it could be because the mother had an infection during her pregnancy that she did not know about, and others said it was because she used antibiotics during the pregnancy. Please help if you can.

Expert's Reply



This is almost certainly a skin infection caused by a bacterial infection with bacteria called staph. It is either a condition called the scalded skin syndrome or neonatal pemphigus. In the latter case the dermatologist sometimes wishes to be sure of the diagnosis by taking a very tiny skin biopsy. This is definitely not due to cancer.It has nothing to do with the mother taking anytibiotics during pregnancy. The skin condition responds very well to treatment with antibiotics.

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Posted by: Suzette | 2008/06/20

Thanks for the advice. They have determined that the baby has Epidermolysis (not sure about the spelling). Could you tell me more about this, and is it something that she will suffer from for the rest of her life, or is it cureable?

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