Petechial and Purpuric Eruption Induced byLidocaine/Prilocaine Cream: A Rare Side Effect

March 2009 | Volume 8 | Issue 3 | Case Report | 287 | Copyright © 2009

Rodrigo Roldán-Marín MD, Fernando de-la-BarredaBecerril MD


Lidocaine/prilocaine cream is a topical anesthetic commonly used in pediatric and dermatologic practice to obtain local anesthesia. Common side effects include: transient skin blanching, erythema, urticaria, allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, and hyperpigmentation. The authors report a petechial and purpuric reaction after the application of lidocaine/prilocaine cream. This is a rare side effect, since to our knowledge only few case reports have been documented in literature.

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