Ann Dermatol.  2019 Dec;31(6):666-668. 10.5021/ad.2019.31.6.666.

Localized Cutaneous Argyria Mimicking Blue Nevus after Wearing Earrings

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Samsung Changwon Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Changwon, Korea. rkw3840@gmail.com

Abstract

Localized cutaneous argyria is a rare condition in which the skin changes into blue-grey spots due to the absorption of silver. The lesions need to be differentiated from other pigmentary disorders and require radiographic and histological examination for more accurate diagnosis. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy can be a confirmatory tool in the evaluation of silver elements in biopsy tissue. This report shows the localized cutaneous argyria in earlobe of a 21-year-old woman who wears silver earrings for 10 years.

Keyword

Argyria; Blue nevus; Scanning electron microscopy; X-ray emission spectrometry

MeSH Terms

Absorption
Argyria*
Biopsy
Diagnosis
Ear*
Female
Humans
Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
Nevus, Blue*
Silver
Skin
Spectrometry, X-Ray Emission
Young Adult
Silver
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