Amalgam tattoo L81.8

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Definition
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Black-bluish discoloration of the oral mucosa caused by amalgam deposits, which occurs at the contact points of large amalgam fillings of the teeth.

Clinical features
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Circumscribed, blue-black, persistent discoloration of the oral mucosa directly in the area of the contact points of sealed teeth.

Histology
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Black pigment accumulation in the mucosa, around vessels accentuated; brightly illuminated in the dark field method.

Differential diagnosis
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Therapy
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Not necessary. Diagnostic punch biopsy and histological control to exclude a mucosal melanoma.

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020