False "highlighting" with Wood's lamp

Jonathan I. Silverberg, Nanette B. Silverberg*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Wood's lamp evaluation is used to diagnose pigmentary disorders. For example, vitiligio typically demonstrates lesional enhancement under Wood's lamp evaluation. Numerous false positive enhancing lesions can be noted in the skin. We describe a 5-year-old Hispanic boy who had painted his face with highlighter, producing enhancing lesions under Wood's lamp. Physicians who use Wood's lamp should be aware that the appearance of markers and highlighter can mimic that of true clinical illnesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-110
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric dermatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Dermatology

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