Café-au-lait stain L81.3

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 23.02.2021

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Synonym(s)

Café-au-lait-macule; Cafe-au lait stain; Cafe-au-lait stains; Café au lait stains; CALM; Coffee latte stain; Lactic coffee colours

Definition
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Congenital or acquired in early childhood, homogeneous, pale-brown coloured, sharply defined, non-palpable brown or brown-yellow patches or spots (larger than 1,0 cm) -s.a. hyperpigmentations-. Single (up to 3) of these patches are found in 3% of all newborns and in 10-28% of all older children. 6 or > 6 café-au-lait spots of > 0.5 cm (prepubertal) and > 1.5 cm (postpubertal) indicate a systemic disease. Even in the case of very large café au lait stains in segmental or blaschkoid arrangement a malformation syndrome must be considered.

Occurrence/Epidemiology
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Common: 10-20% of the normal population.

Manifestation
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congenital or acquired in early childhood.

Localization
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Torso and extremities.

Clinical features
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Histology
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S.a. Lentigo simplex. Homogeneous hyperpigmentation of the str. basale (Melan A representation), increased melanocyte numbers, giant melanosomes.

Therapy
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Usually not necessary, it is rather advised against a therapy. In case of cosmetic indication, possibly an attempt with laser treatment of superficial cryosurgery or dermabrasion. The risk of laser surgery is either recurrence, scarring, depigmentation or a spotty overall result. A study with complete regression through treatment with a pulsed dye laser is available (Goldberg DJ 1997).

Progression/forecast
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Café au lait stains have no tendency to develop malignancy. Especially during childhood size growth is observed

Literature
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  1. Goldberg DJ (1997) Laser treatment of pigmented lesions. Dermatol Clin. 15:397
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  6. Nguyen JT et al (2004) Large solitary café au lait spots: a report of 5 cases and review of the literature. Cutis 73:311-314
  7. Shah KN (2010) The diagnostic and clinical significance of café-au-lait macules.pediatr Clin North Am 57:1131-11253. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20888463

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Last updated on: 23.02.2021