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Argyria - External and Internal Eye
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Argyria - External and Internal Eye

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Contributors: Brandon D. Ayres MD, Christopher Rapuano MD, Harvey A. Brown MD, Sunir J. Garg MD, Lauren Patty Daskivich MD, MSHS
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Synopsis

Argyria refers to the deposition of silver or silver-containing compounds within tissue(s). Argyria may occur locally due to direct contact with silver-containing materials or as a generalized phenomenon when there is systemic dissemination of the silver. The features of argyria become apparent from 6 months to several years following initial exposure to the product containing silver. The pigmentation is irreversible.

Argyria involving the eye may be referred to as ocular argyrosis. Localized ocular argyrosis may result from the use of silver-containing eye drops (eg, Argyrol) or cosmetics, or conjunctival discoloration may be the first sign of systemic argyria. The cornea may also be involved.

Codes

ICD10CM:
L81.8 – Other specified disorders of pigmentation

SNOMEDCT:
255636009 – Argyria

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Last Updated:05/28/2013
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Argyria - External and Internal Eye
See also in: Overview,Nail and Distal Digit
A medical illustration showing key findings of Argyria : Diffuse blue nails, Sclera/bulbar conjunctiva color change, Silver compound exposure, Photodistributed
Clinical image of Argyria - imageId=2193996. Click to open in gallery.  caption: 'Blue-gray discoloration of the sclera and periorbital skin after use of a topical silver-containing antiseptic.'
Blue-gray discoloration of the sclera and periorbital skin after use of a topical silver-containing antiseptic.
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