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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 70  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 307--309

Lithium induced hidradenitis suppurativa and acne conglobata


1 Departments of Dermatology, St. John's Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore, India
2 Departments of Psychiatry, St. John's Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
Vijay Aithal
Department of Dermatology, St. John's Medical College and Hospital, Sarjapur Road, John Nagar, Bangalore - 560 034
India
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Lithium is known to cause a variety of dermatological problems, common ones being acneiform eruptions, folliculitis and psoriasis including its pustular form. Hidradenitis suppurativa and acne conglobata are lesser known side effects, with only three reports so far. We report a patient, who had bipolar affective disorder, was on lithium for a long duration and developed hidradenitis suppurativa and acne conglobata during therapy, which subsequently decreased once lithium was stopped. We describe this case for its rarity and analyze its pathogenesis.






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