Harlequin colour change: unilateral erythema in a newborn

Tang, Judy; Bergman, James; Lam, Joseph M.
November 2010
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/23/2010, Vol. 182 Issue 17, pE801
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the five-day-old girl who has a unilateral erythema with developed contralateral pallor on the right side of her body. It says that the harlequin color in 10% of healthy newborns resolved within minutes and appears for a short time which makes the condition benign. It mentions that some authors speculated that it involves a temporary imbalance in the cutaneous blood vessels secondary to hypothalamic immaturity. It states that it should not be confused with harlequin fetus.


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