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Int J Dermatol. 2011 Jun;50(6):751-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2010.04796.x.

Successful treatment of argyria using a low-fluence Q-switched 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Eulji General Hospital, College of Medicine, Eulji University, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Argyria is a rare skin disease caused by cutaneous deposits of silver granules as a result of exposure to silver substrates or ingestion of silver salt. This pigmentation change causes cosmetic problems, and there was previously no recognized effective treatments for argyria.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the treatment effect of a low-fluence Q-switched 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser on argyria.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

Case report of a 49-year-old with a history of ingestion of a colloidal silver solution daily for approximately one year as a traditional remedy.

RESULTS:

After seven sessions of treatment, the patient's skin color returned to normal.

CONCLUSION:

A low-fluence Q-switched 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser provided safe and effective treatment for the skin discoloration associated with argyria.

© 2011 The International Society of Dermatology.

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