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Ballantyne-Runge syndrome

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Gestation exceeding the date of delivery by 3 weeks in a nondiabetic mother, with arrest of increase in weight of fetus. The newborn displays a characteristic picture of low weight and alertness, absence of vernix; dry, colloidike, and desquamating skin - old man’s face - umbilical cord, nails, and occasionally all skin stained yellow or greenish. Frequently respiratory distress. Aetiology unknown; attributed to placental insufficiency.


  • H. Runge:
    Über einige besondere Merkmale der übertragenen Frucht.
    Zentralblatt für Gynäkologie, Leipzig, 1942, 66: 1202-1206.
  • J. W. Ballantyne:
    The problem of the postmature infant.
    The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Empire, London, 1902, 2: 512-554.
  • S. H. Clifford:
    Postmaturity. Advances in Pediatrics, Chicago, 1957; volume 9.

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