By Gary M. White, MD

Linea nigra

Linea nigra is a term that describes a pigmented stripe that runs vertically along the midline of a pregnant woman's abdomen from the xiphoid process to the symphysis pubis. The maternal hormones of pregnancy lead to the hyperpigmentation.


No treatment is needed. It may fade after delivery.

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PUPPP and linea nigra in the same patient.
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Linea Nigra


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