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Several cases of work-related allergic contact dermatitis caused by isocyanates at a company manufacturing heat exchangers.
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PMID:  23046053     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background. A 43-year-old woman was referred by her occupational health service with suspected occupational contact dermatitis. In connection with the investigation, a workplace visit was undertaken at her company, which used an adhesive based on pre-polymeric diphenylmethane diisocyanate in one of its units. During the visit, we became aware of six other employees with skin problems who were then referred to our department for investigation. Objectives. To investigate the seven employees complaining about skin problems. Methods. Seven employees were patch tested with a baseline series, an isocyanate series, and a series with work material. Results. Five of seven patients had occupational contact allergy. Four reacted to isocyanate-related test preparations, and one to a cleanser used at the workplace. Conclusions. Workplace visits constitute an important part of an occupational investigation, as they might give a broader picture of the problems at a company. In this case, it was found that 5 of 100 employees currently had or had previously had occupation-related skin problems. Owing to 'healthy worker selection', some of these patients might have been missed if we had not performed a full-scale workplace visit.
Malin Engfeldt; Marléne Isaksson; Erik Zimerson; Magnus Bruze
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contact dermatitis     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1600-0536     ISO Abbreviation:  Contact Derm.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7604950     Medline TA:  Contact Dermatitis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
Department of Occupational and Environmental Dermatology, Skåne University Hospital, Lund University, 205 02 Malmö, Sweden.
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