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Document ID (ISN)66847
CIS number 96-1087
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kanerva L.
Title Occupational IgE-mediated protein contact dermatitis from pork in a slaughterman
Bibliographic information Apr. 1996, Vol.34, No.4, p.301-302. 8 ref.
Abstract A non-atopic 24-year-old man had previously had no skin symptoms. Having worked for one month in a slaughterhouse, where he was exposed to animal (pig) flesh and epithelium, he developed redness and itching of the hands, and later, severe exfoliative hand dermatitis which cleared when away from work but relapsed within days back at work. Patch testing and scoring were performed on his back. A modified European standard series gave a positive reaction to chromate but was otherwise negative. Patch testing with pork meat and fat and prick tests with 24 common environmental allergens, including epithelia and natural rubber latex, were both negative, as were prick tests with flour, pork meat and pork fat; a 15-min use test with pork meat on the skin was also negative, but the Magic Lite immunochemiluminometric assay for the detection of specific IgE antibody with both pork meat and pork epithelium clearly indicated IgE-mediated allergy. Contact urticaria caused by pork meat has seldom been reported, but may not be so rare.
Descriptors (primary) proteins; skin allergies; meat industry; slaughtering; eczema
Descriptors (secondary) skin tests; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Food industry
Allergies