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Divya Gupta, Devinder Mohan Thappa, Department of Skin and STD, JIPMER, Puducherry 605006, India
Author contributions: Gupta D collected the articles and wrote the manuscript; Thappa DM initiated the idea for this article, and in addition, edited, revised and provided crucial critical inputs to the manuscript.
Correspondence to: Dr. Devinder Mohan Thappa, MD, DHA, MNAMS, Professor, former Head, Department of Skin and STD, JIPMER, Dhanvantri Nagar, Gorimedu, Puducherry 605006, India. firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: July 15, 2013 Revised: October 7, 2013 Accepted: November 2, 2013 Published online: November 16, 2013
Core tip: Though earlier considered to be benign birthmarks, it has been shown now that Mongolian spots (MS) are often associated with co-existent anomalies like inherited disorders of metabolism, vascular birthmarks and occult spinal dysraphism. Babies with extensive MS should be screened for the same.