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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 65-67

Pseudo green hair

1 Department of Radiology (CDI), Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2 Department of Radiology, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain
3 Department of Dermatology, Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

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Juan Ferrando
Villarroel 170, Department of Dermatology, Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, 08036 Barcelona
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DOI: 10.4103/ijt.ijt_134_20

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Green hair is due to insoluble copper deposits in the hair of blonde people. Although it is most frequently due to an increase in the copper content of algaecides in swimming pools, other causes have been recognized. Herewith, we present a case of a blonde girl who had previously commercially highlighted her hair and the hair had turned green following a swim in a pool with excess copper content in the water. Lifeguard swimming pool commented another previously affected blonde female swimmer 2 days ago. To date, <10 cases involving swimming pools with clearly increased copper concentrations have been published, and to the best of our knowledge, no similar case without traces of copper in X-ray microanalysis has been reported in the literature.

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