Clinical Rheumatology

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 373–375 | Cite as

Depigmentation – a rare side effect to intra-articular glucocorticoid treatment

  • Cornelia Rogojan
  • Merete Lund HetlandEmail author
Case Report


Intra-articular glucocorticoid injections are often used in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, either as bridging therapy or in periods with increased disease activity. We present a case of local skin depigmentation that occurred at the site of injection in a dark-skinned patient. Depigmentation is a rare complication of such therapy but may have important implications for dark-skinned patients.


Depigmentation Intra-articular corticosteroid injections Rheumatoid arthritis Side effect 



Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs


Rheumatoid arthritis


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RheumatologyCopenhagen University Hospital at HvidovreHvidovreDenmark

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