Arsenic melanosis L81.85

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Synonym(s)

Arsenic-induced hyperpigmentations; Melanosis Arsenic melanosis

Definition
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Multiple, confluent, sometimes jagged pigmentation spots after chronic arsenic intake.

Localization
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Especially in the armpits and on the stomach. The mucous membranes are always free.

Cave!

Multiple neoplasias are common!

Diagnosis
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Therapy
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Regular assessment, in case of suspected malignant degeneration early biopsy and surgical removal. Control of internal organs, especially lungs, liver, pancreas and kidney, as malignoma formation often occurs.

Literature
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  1. Grobe JW (1992) Arsenic intoxication late sequelae in Moselle vintners. Close to skin derm 4: 378-387

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020