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Journal of Medical Case Reports

, 3:7421

First Online: 23 July 2009Received: 31 January 2008Accepted: 15 January 2009DOI: 10.4076-1752-1947-3-7421

Cite this article as: Ghosh, S.K., Bandyopadhyay, D. & Haldar, S. J Med Case Reports 2009 3: 7421. doi:10.4076-1752-1947-3-7421


IntroductionContact with a jellyfish can cause a wide variety of conditions, ranging from cutaneous eruption to fatal cardiovascular and respiratory collapse. Cutaneous features can be both acute and chronic. We report a case of persistent lichen planus-like eruption in a young boy after a jellyfish sting, a hitherto unreported occurrence.

Case presentationA 15-year-old boy presented with multiple lichen planus-like violaceous papules over the lower part of his left thigh on the anterior aspect and also over the patellar region. He had a history of a jellyfish sting over his lower limbs incurred while bathing in the sea four weeks prior to presentation. Histopathology revealed a predominantly perivascular mononuclear cell infiltrate immediately beneath the dermoepidermal junction underneath the hyperplastic epidermis. The lesions significantly subsided with topical corticosteroid application.

ConclusionThis case report demonstrates a new variant of chronic cutaneous change following a jellyfish sting. We report it because of its uniqueness and we believe that physicians should be aware of the possibility of an aquatic animal-induced disease when dealing with lesions with lichen planus-like morphology.

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Author: Sudip Kumar Ghosh - Debabrata Bandyopadhyay - Susmit Haldar


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