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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1576-1577

Linezolid-induced dental hyperpigmentation in an adult male being treated for an ulcer caused by atypical mycobacteria

Department of Medicine, S.N. Medical College, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Nikhil Pursnani
Department of Medicine, S.N. Medical College, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_284_18

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Mycobacteria are intrinsically resistant to most antibiotics as a result of multiple mechanisms. Linezolid, a member of the oxazolidinones, is a newer class of synthetic antimicrobials which is frequently used to treat mycobacteria. Here, we report a case of a patient with an ulcer on the right arm, caused by atypical mycobacteria, who presented with discoloration of both the upper and lower teeth after being treated with linezolid for a period of 2 months. On detailed evaluation, the patient was found to have linezolid-induced dental hyperpigmentation. This is the first case reported ever in an adult having linezolid-induced dental hyperpigmentation.

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