Minocycline-induced pigmentation mimicking persistent ecchymosis

Cutis. 2009 Jul;84(1):22-6.


We report an unusual case of minocycline-induced pigmentation mimicking persistent ecchymosis in a patient with persistent (20 months' duration) bluish black discoloration of the medial and lateral aspects of the left ankle following an avulsion fracture. We review the common presentations of minocycline-induced pigmentation as well as some of the more unusual presentations.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Ankle / pathology
  • Ankle Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / adverse effects*
  • Ecchymosis / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Minocycline / adverse effects*
  • Pigmentation Disorders / chemically induced*
  • Pigmentation Disorders / diagnosis
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Minocycline