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P Gallipoli, MTJ Leach
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Volume 36: Issue 4: 2006




We  describe  a  77-year-old  man  who  attended  our  department  for investigations of sideropenia who incidentally was noted to have patches of slate grey  skin  pigmentation.  The  patient  had  been  treated  for  folliculitis  affecting  his scalp  for  several  years  with  minocycline.    Appearances  were  suggestive  of minocycline-induced pigmentation. We discuss the incidence, pathogenesis, clinical appearances and treatment of minocycline-induced pigmentation and suggest that in most instances of skin infections the use of tetracyclines is preferable.