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Umbilical discharge: the acid test
  1. F Browne1,
  2. K Parashar2,
  3. M Ogboli1,
  4. C Moss1
  1. 1Department of Dermatology, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatric Surgery, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr F Browne, Department of Dermatology, 4th Floor Ladywood House, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6NH, UK; fmbrowne{at}

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Dermatological causes of umbilical discharge in an infant include eczema, bacterial omphalitis and umbilical granuloma.1 Persistent discharge suggests an umbilical remnant. We report a simple test which correctly identified the source of discharge after surgical exploration had been inconclusive.

A 6-month-old girl was referred to paediatric surgeons with persistent serosanguinous umbilical discharge and …

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