Subcutaneous fat necrosis of the newborn: Be aware of hypercalcaemia

Francesco Borgia, Loredana De Pasquale, Caterina Cacace, Petronilla Meo, Claudio Guarneri, Serafinella P. Cannavo

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Subcutaneous fat necrosis of the newborn is an uncommon, self-limiting panniculitis that usually occurs in full-term infants as a consequence of perinatal asphyxia. The cutaneous involvement may be associated with metabolic complications such as hypoglycaemia, thrombocytopenia, hypertriglyceridemia, anemia and hypercalcaemia. The delayed onset of hypercalcaemia, 1-6 months after the development of the skin manifestations, imposes a prolonged follow-up to avoid its acute toxic effects on cardiovascular and renal systems and the more durable metastatic calcifications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-318
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2006


  • Follow-up
  • Hypercalcaemia
  • Perinatal asphyxia
  • Subcutaneous fat necrosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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