Which physical findings are characteristic of congenital candidosis?

Updated: Jan 17, 2020
  • Author: Richard Harold "Hal" Flowers, IV, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Cutaneous congenital candidiasis typically manifests as an erythematous eruption of macules, papules and superficial pustules on the trunk and extremities, which resolves with extensive desquamation (see image below). The presence of white microabscesses on the placenta and umbilical cord of an infant with such an eruption suggests the diagnosis of cutaneous congenital candidiasis. It is always secondary to candidal chorioamnionitis, but it may pass unrecognized.

Fine superficial pustules on an erythematous patch Fine superficial pustules on an erythematous patchy base are suggestive of candidosis.

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