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A minor trauma revealing linear morphoea in a 4-year-old female
  1. Serena Pastore1,
  2. Sarah Contorno2,
  3. Giulia Caddeo2,
  4. Lorenzo Calligaris1,
  5. Andrea Taddio1,2
  1. 1Institute for Maternal and Child Health—IRCCS “Burlo Garofolo”, Trieste, Italy
  2. 2University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sarah Contorno, University of Trieste, Institute of Maternal and Child Health—IRCCS-Burlo Garofolo Trieste, via dell'Istria 65/1, Trieste 34137, Italy; saracontorno{at}

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Six months prior to presentation, a 4-year-old female had suffered a blunt trauma, bumping her left arm against her mother while running and developing swelling along the entire arm to the wrist. One month after the trauma, the swelling had reduced, but skin thickening appeared. Over subsequent days, the mother noticed a change in the forearm skin, which was initially hyperaemic, then hyperpigmented and glossy.

Physical examination revealed …

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