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Bleomycin-induced flagellate dermatitis
  1. Rachel Grynszpan,
  2. João Paulo Niemeyer-Corbellini,
  3. Marien Siqueira Soto Lopes,
  4. Marcia Ramos-e-Silva
  1. Sector of Dermatology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Professor Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, ramos.e.silva{at}


Flagellate dermatitis shows very characteristic lesions: linear erythema or hyperpigmentation in various areas of the skin. It is a side effect of bleomycin, an immunosupressive drug used for several types of cancers. All physicians must be aware of this disease so they can make a rapid diagnosis and interrupt the causative agent. Our patient presented during chemotherapy for a Hodgkin's lymphoma pruritic, erythematous lesions on the lower limbs and the back diagnosed as flagellate dermatitis due to bleomycin.

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