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10.25259/IJDVL_1115_2022

Dermal steroid deposits due to intralesional triamcinolone

Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Corresponding author: Dr. Suman Patra, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Jodhpur, AIIMS Jodhpur, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. patrohere@gmail.com
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How to cite this article: Kaur M, Patra S, Khera S. Dermal steroid deposits due to intralesional triamcinolone. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol doi 10.25259/IJDVL_1115_2022.

A 26-year-old male presented with multiple atrophic, hypopigmented scars studded with yellowish-to-white papules in a linear distribution over the right forearm [Figure 1a]. The lesions were initially itchy and elevated having started after a trauma 3 years ago. Most likely, those were hypertrophic scars. He was treated with multiple intralesional triamcinolone (40 mg/mL) injections over the individual scars at 1–3 month intervals, until 6 months back. The scars flattened, but hypopigmentation and papules appeared during the treatment course. Histopathology showed deposition of well-circumscribed pools of light basophilic acellular, finely granular to amorphous mucin-like material [Figure 1b] in the upper dermis. Angulated, crystal-like empty spaces with focal calcification were seen within the deposits [Figure 1c]. There was an absence of a prominent inflammatory infiltrate, barring occasional histiocytes around the deposit. The epidermis was atrophic. No birefringent crystals were found under polarised light. Periodic acid-Schiff staining did not highlight the material, and Alcian blue staining was negative for mucin. There are a few case reports of similar occurrences in the literature. The character of the deposit could vary depending on the duration of the injection. It can look like light basophilic granular material initially (similar to our case) to condensed dense bluish at later stages. Occasionally, there could be foci of calcification in older lesions.

Figure 1a
Multiple atrophic, hypopigmented scars studded with yellowish to white papules (black arrow) in a linear distribution over right forearm
Figure 1b
Deposition of well-circumscribed pools of lightly basophilic acellular, finely granular to amorphous mucin-like material (black arrow) in upper dermis (H & E 100x)
Figure 1c
Steroid deposits with occasional foci of calcification (black arrow) (H & E 400x)

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