BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuLamellar ichthyosisLI; Collodion baby - lamellar ichthyosis; Ichthyosis congenital; Autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis - lamellar ichthyosis typeLamellar ichthyosis (LI) is a rare skin condition. It appears at birth and continues throughout life. Causes LI is an autosomal recessive disease. This means that the mother and father must both pass one abnormal copy of the disease gene to their child in order for the child to develop the disease.Autosomal recessive diseaseAutosomal recessive is one of several ways that a trait, disorder, or disease can be passed down through families. An autosomal recessive disorder me...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Symptoms Many babies with LI are born with a clear, shiny, waxy layer of skin called a collodion membrane. For this reason, these babies are known as collodion babies. The membrane sheds within the first 2 weeks of life. The skin underneath the membrane is red and scaly resembling the surface of a fish.With LI, the outer layer of skin called the epidermis cannot protect the body like the healthy epidermis can. As a result, a baby with LI may have the following health problems:Difficulty in feeding Loss of fluid (dehydration) DehydrationDehydration occurs when your body does not have as much water and fluids as it needs. Dehydration can be mild, moderate, or severe, based on how much...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Loss of balance of minerals in the body (electrolyte imbalance) ElectrolyteElectrolytes are minerals in your blood and other body fluids that carry an electric charge. Electrolytes affect how your body functions in many ways...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Breathing problems Body temperature that is not stable Skin or body-wide infections Older children and adults with LI may have these symptoms:Giant scales that cover most of the body Decreased ability to sweat, causing sensitivity to heat Hair loss Abnormal finger and toenails Skin of the palms and soles is thickened Treatment Collodion babies usually need to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). They are placed in a high-humidity incubator. They will need extra feedings. Moisturizers need to be applied to the skin. After the collodion membrane is shed, babies can usually go home.Lifelong care of the skin involves keeping the skin moist to minimize the thickness of the scales. Measures include:Moisturizers applied to the skin Medicines called retinoids that are taken by mouth in severe cases High-humidity environment Bathing to loosen scales Possible Complications Babies are at risk for infection when they shed the collodion membrane.Eye problems may occur later in life because the eyes cannot close completely.Open ReferencesReferencesMartin KL. Disorders of keratinization. In: Kliegman RM, St. Geme JW, Blum NJ, Shah SS. Tasker RC, Wilson KM, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 677.Patterson JW. Disorders of epidermal maturation and keratinization. In: Patterson JW, ed. Weedon's Skin Pathology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 10.Richard G, Ringpfeil F. Ichthyoses, erythrokeratodermas, and related disorders. In: Bolognia JL, Schaffer JV, Cerroni L, eds. Dermatology. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 57.AllVideoImagesTogIchthyosis, acquired - legs - illustration Ichthyosis results from an abnormality in the cornification (production of the outer dead layer) of the skin. Many different forms of ichthyosis are recognized. Notice the dry skin and scaly appearance. Ichthyosis is usually worse in the winter and is more severe over the legs.Ichthyosis, acquired - legsillustrationIchthyosis, acquired - legs - illustration Ichthyosis results from an abnormality in the cornification (production of the outer dead layer) of the skin. Many different forms of ichthyosis are recognized. Notice the dry skin and scaly appearance. Ichthyosis is usually worse in the winter and is more severe over the legs.Ichthyosis, acquired - legsillustrationRelated Information Review Date: 11/10/2020 Reviewed By: Ramin Fathi, MD, FAAD, Director, Phoenix Surgical Dermatology Group, Phoenix, AZ. 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