Black hairy tongue associated with erlotinib treatment in a patient with advanced lung cancer

Ann Dermatol. 2011 Nov;23(4):526-8. doi: 10.5021/ad.2011.23.4.526. Epub 2011 Nov 3.


Erlotinib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that acts on the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). There have been many reports of the mucocutaneous side effects related to several EGFR inhibitors (EGFRIs). However, no case of black hairy tongue (BHT) associated with EGFRI has been reported. Herein, we report the first case of erlotinib-induced BHT in a 61-year-old man with advanced lung cancer. Considering recent use of EGFRIs worldwide, dermatologists should recognize the possible occurrence of BHT associated with EGFRIs such as erlotinib.

Keywords: Black hairy tongue; Epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitor; Erlotinib.

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