We describe a girl with eosinophilic cellulitis (Wells syndrome) in whom the disease appeared immediately after birth with subcutaneous nodules on the scalp and trunk, followed by the characteristic skin swelling and erythema at the age of 6 months. The lesions disappeared after a few weeks, but recurred several times. The mother had consumed large quantities of medications during the pregnancy, including iron, vitamins, and 'natural remedies'. Based on time of onset, this may be regarded as a unique case of congenital Wells syndrome, its relation to the medications taken by the mother remains speculative. Subcutaneous nodules may be the presenting sign of Wells syndrome in children.
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|Published - 1997