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The Cutting Edge
August 2002

Q-Switched Laser-Induced Chrysiasis Treated With Long-Pulsed Laser

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Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(8):1012-1014. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.8.1012

A 70-year-old woman presented for elective treatment of lentigines on her face. This was her first treatment with any laser. She was treated with a Q-switched alexandrite laser (755 nm, 50 nanoseconds, 3.5 J/cm2, 15 pulses of 4-mm spot diameter; Candela, Wayland, Mass), causing what appeared to be usual purpura immediately following laser exposure of 8 tan macules. Several weeks later, blue-black discoloration was present, and was attributed to postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, but failed to lighten over the next 4 months.

Her medical history was significant for rheumatoid arthritis, treated with methotrexate and prednisone. Further questioning revealed that she had received a 3-year course of oral gold therapy 20 years prior. The total dosage taken could not be determined.