Ann Dermatol.  2004 Mar;16(1):9-12. 10.5021/ad.2004.16.1.9.

Pseudolymphoma Induced by Ear Piercing


We present a patient who developed a pseudolymphoma after ear piercing. A patch test showed gold sensitivity. Therefore, long standing dermal exposure to gold from a pierced-type earring might have produced the patient's disease. This patient did not respond to an intralesional steroid injection and was finally treated with a complete resection of the lesion. It is proposed that every patient with a hyperplastic lesion in the ear lobe should be taken a biopsy in order to rule out the possibility of a pseudolymphoma. When a pseudolymphoma develops in the ear lobe, a complete surgical excision could be the treatment of choice, especially for the prevention of recurrence.


Gold hypersensitivity; Ear piercing; Pseudolymphoma
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