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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 394-395

Exogenous ochronosis after prolonged use of topical hydroquinone (2%) in a 50-year-old Indian female

Department of Dermatology and STD, University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital, Delhi, India

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Vijay Gandhi
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.100498

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Ochronosis is a rare disease characterized by speckled and diffuse pigmentation symmetrically over the face, neck, and photo-exposed areas. It is characterized histologically by banana-shaped ochre-colored deposits in the dermis. It can present in exogenous or endogenous form. We report a case of exogenous ochronosis in a 50-year-old Indian woman after prolonged use of topical hydroquinone which is a rare complication with a commonly used drug which is available over the counter.

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