Korean J Dermatol.  2008 Oct;46(10):1424-1426.

A Case of Pseudolymphoma on the Left Ear Lobe after Ear Piercing

  • 1Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea. beomjoon@unitel.co.kr
  • 2Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.


Cutaneous pseudolymphoma has been defined as a benign lymphocytic infiltrate of the skin that resembles cutaneous lymphoma both clinically and histologically. There are many known causes of skin pseudolymphoma, but a definite cause cannot frequently be identified. We report here on a 37-year-old female with pseudolymphoma on the left ear lobe after having her ear pierced. When we performed a biopsy, an earring was found by chance. Unlike most of the reported cases of pseudolymphoma after ear piercing, this patient did not show a delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction to gold or nickel.


Ear lobe; Ear piercing; Pseudolymphoma
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