CANDIDA infections of the neonate occur relatively commonly. Most of these infections are contracted during passage through the vagina and become manifest during the first weeks of life. It is rare, however, for candidiasis to be diagnosed at birth and therefore to have developed in utero. Several cases of fatal disseminated congenital candidiasis have been reported.1-4 Only three cases of congenital cutaneous candidiasis have been reported.5-7
The purpose of this report is to record the fourth known instance of congenital cutaneous candidiasis. The case recorded here is of a full-term infant with diffuse congenital cutaneous candidiasis whose mother had no known rupture of the amnionic sac before delivery.
Report of a Case
The patient was the product of a full-term pregnancy and normal spontaneous delivery from a gravida 2, para 0, 20-year-old white woman with one first trimester abortion. The mother had been treated throughout the pregnancy for