Irritant bullous contact dermatitis caused by a rove beetle: an illustrated clinical course

McGrath, Lindsay, Piliouras, Peter and Robertson, Ivan (2013) Irritant bullous contact dermatitis caused by a rove beetle: an illustrated clinical course. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 54 2: 136-138. doi:10.1111/j.1440-0960.2011.00866.x


Author McGrath, Lindsay
Piliouras, Peter
Robertson, Ivan
Title Irritant bullous contact dermatitis caused by a rove beetle: an illustrated clinical course
Journal name Australasian Journal of Dermatology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8380
1440-0960
Publication date 2013-05-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-0960.2011.00866.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 54
Issue 2
Start page 136
End page 138
Total pages 3
Place of publication Richmond, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract A 26-year-old Australian female traveller in Sierra Leone presented with an irritant bullous contact dermatitis consistent with paederus dermatitis. The lesions were treated with a potent topical corticosteroid with good effect. The affected area resolved in 6 weeks and hyperpigmention persisted for months until complete resolution. This dermatitis occurs when beetles of the genus Paederus (rove beetles) are crushed on the skin, releasing pederin. The same dermatitis ensues with Australian Paederus species. Serial clinical photographs are presented which will aid Australian dermatologists in the diagnosis of this dermatitis, which presents in regional Australian patients and returned overseas travellers.
Keyword Contact dermatitis
Paederus
Rove beetle
Sierra Leone
Paederus Dermatitis
Australis
Outbreak
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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