[Bluish-gray Discoloration of Skin and Conjunctiva]

Ophthalmologe. 2020 Jan;117(1):66-68. doi: 10.1007/s00347-019-0899-x.
[Article in German]


Colloidal silver used as a suspension for (alternative) therapeutic purposes or silver exposure due to environmental or working conditions can lead to irreversible deposits of silver granules in the skin (bluish-gray hue of the skin), mucosa, cornea, retina and internal organs. Silver-induced discoloration of the conjunctiva should therefore be taken into account when a bluish-gray discoloration raises the suspicion of conjunctival melanoma.

Keywords: Argyria; Argyrosis; Colloidal silver; Conjunctival discoloration; Silver nanoparticles.

MeSH terms

  • Argyria*
  • Color
  • Conjunctiva*
  • Conjunctival Neoplasms
  • Cornea
  • Humans