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Document ID (ISN)65730
CIS number 95-2138
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tarvainen K., Jolanki R., Estlander T., Tupasela O., Pfäffli P., Kanerva L.
Title Immunologic contact urticaria due to airborne methylhexahydrophthalic and methyltetrahydrophthalic anhydrides
Bibliographic information Apr. 1995, Vol.32, No.4, p.204-209. Illus. 24 ref.
Abstract Phthalic anhydrides used as hardeners for epoxy resins are known to cause respiratory irritancy and allergy. Skin allergy has on rare occasions been reported. Two workers developed urticaria on uncovered skin after 2 months airborne exposure to methyltetrahydrophthalic anhydride and methylhexahydrophthalic anhydride. Later, the patients also developed conjunctivitis, rhinitis, sore throat or asthma. Both patients' immediate allergy to these anhydrides was proved by different tests. On prick testing, both patients also reacted to phthalic anhydride. The patients had developed airborne contact urticaria, in addition to respiratory allergy, due to phthalic anhydrides.
Descriptors (primary) epoxy resins; methyl hexahydrophthalic anhydride; allergic reactivity; skin allergies; phthalic anhydride
Descriptors (secondary) asthma; respiratory diseases; serological reactions; plastics industry; urticaria
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Allergies
Skin diseases