Lindsay McGrath, MBBS. Peter Piliouras, MBBS. Ivan Robertson, FACD.
Irritant bullous contact dermatitis caused by a rove beetle: An illustrated clinical course
Article first published online: 20 FEB 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Australasian Journal of Dermatology © 2012 The Australasian College of Dermatologists
Australasian Journal of Dermatology
Volume 54, Issue 2, pages 136–138, May 2013
How to Cite
McGrath, L., Piliouras, P. and Robertson, I. (2013), Irritant bullous contact dermatitis caused by a rove beetle: An illustrated clinical course. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 54: 136–138. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-0960.2011.00866.x
Present addresses: All authors are presently at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
- Issue published online: 14 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 20 FEB 2012
- Submitted 17 August 2011; accepted 13 November 2011.
- contact dermatitis;
- rove beetle;
- Sierra Leone
A 26-year-old Australian female traveller in Sierra Leone presented with an irritant bullous contact dermatitis consistent with paederus dermatitis. The lesions were treated with a potent topical corticosteroid with good effect. The affected area resolved in 6 weeks and hyperpigmention persisted for months until complete resolution. This dermatitis occurs when beetles of the genus Paederus (rove beetles) are crushed on the skin, releasing pederin. The same dermatitis ensues with Australian Paederus species. Serial clinical photographs are presented which will aid Australian dermatologists in the diagnosis of this dermatitis, which presents in regional Australian patients and returned overseas travellers.