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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 8, Issue 2, August 2013 pp 125-127

Research Article

Collodion Baby –A Rare Case


Navina Singh1, R. P. Patange2, Manisha M. Laddad3

{1Resident, 2Professor and HOD, 3Assistent Professor} Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad, Maharashtra, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.


The term collodion baby is used for newborns in whom all the body surface is covered by thick skin sheets, so called “collodion membrane”. The collodion membrane is the result of an epidermal developmental dysfunction. The collodion membrane is composed of thick skin sheets which resemble translucent, tight parchment paper. In almost all of the collodion membrane cases an autosomal recessive ichthyosiform disease is implicated. Especially, in cases of lamellar ichthyosis, congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma and harlequin ichthyosis frequent association with collodion baby formation has been well documented. Clinically, the collodion babies may encounter dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, temperature malfunction and increasing sepsis risk because of relatively severe skin damage. Therefore, morbidity and mortality rates are fairly high in these cases. Conclusively, these newborns should be monitored carefully in intense care units and is difficult to diagnose in antenatal period.