Old condition caused by modern technology - erythema ag igne

  • Sara Ferreira Paediatric Service, Hospital Pediátrico Carmona da Mota, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra
  • Lourdes Mota Paediatric Service, Hospital Distrital da Figueira da Foz
  • Óscar Tellechea Dermatology Service, Hospital Distrital da Figueira da Foz
  • Nuno Figueiredo Paediatric Service, Hospital Distrital da Figueira da Foz
  • Rosa Mascarenhas Dermatology Service, Hospital Distrital da Figueira da Foz
Keywords: Erythema ab igne, laptop, radiation

Abstract

Introduction:Erythema ab igne is a rare reticular pigmented dermatosis, caused by prolonged and repeated exposure to heat. Multiple heat sources have been reported to cause this condition, as fire or stove in proximity with the skin.

Case report:We report a case of a diabetic teenager with erythema ab igne induced by a laptop computer.

Conclusions: Laptop induced erythema ab igne is an underdiagnosed clinical entity. In the future maybe it will be more frequent due to the improper use of these devices. The possible irreversibility of skin lesions and the potential severe complications reinforce the need to be aware for this disease.

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Published
2016-02-23
How to Cite
Ferreira, S., Mota, L., Tellechea, Óscar, Figueiredo, N., & Mascarenhas, R. (2016). Old condition caused by modern technology - erythema ag igne. NASCER E CRESCER - BIRTH AND GROWTH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 23(1), 32-34. https://doi.org/10.25753/BirthGrowthMJ.v23.i1.8590
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Case Reports