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Document ID (ISN)109252
CIS number 09-101
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gambichler T., Uzun A., Boms S., Altmeyer P., Altenmüller E.
Title Skin conditions in instrumental musicians: A self-reported survey
Bibliographic information Apr. 2008, Vol.58, No.4, p.217-222. 19 ref.
Abstract To determine the frequency and risk factors of instrument-related skin disorders in musicians, an 11-item survey was mailed to 19 German universities of music and performing arts; 412 musicians returned the completed questionnaire, among which 21.6% had an instrument-related skin disorder including callosities (58.4%), contact dermatitis (CD; 19.1%), fiddler's neck (19.1%) and erosion (3.4%). Allergic CD (76.5%) was most frequently reported in violinists and violists. Of 116 violinists and violists 14.7% suffered from fiddler's neck. String instrumentalists most frequently reported callosities (68.5%) and skin problems (86.5%). Frequencies of instrument-related skin disorders were significantly associated with high practice frequencies and a professional as opposed to an amateur status.
Descriptors (primary) skin diseases; risk factors; musicians
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; Germany; frequency rates; keratosis; questionnaire survey; eczema
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Entertainment services and sports
Skin diseases