Journal article

Argyria of nasal mucosa secondary to occupational silver exposure

BPC Wei, S O'Leary, P McKelvie

Australian Journal of Otolaryngology | Published : 2003

Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this paper is to present a rare cause of nasal mucosa pigmentation from silver exposure and the management of the condition. Materials and methods: A case of argyria of the nasal mucosa secondary to silver exposure in the photographic processing industry is presented. Results: The clinical, histological findings of the nasal mucosa are consistent with the patient's occupational exposure to the silver compound. Conclusion: Argyria is a rare cause of nasopharyngeal mucosa pigmentation. The condition is suspected from patients with a history of chronic silver exposure. Biopsy of the mucosa is required for the diagnosis. Argyria does not increase the risk of nasopharyngeal..

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