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Document ID (ISN)66899
CIS number 96-617
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sun C.C., Guo Y.L., Lin R.S.
Title Occupational hand dermatitis in a tertiary referral dermatology clinic in Taipei
Bibliographic information Dec. 1995, Vol.33, No.6, p.414-418. 14 ref.
Abstract In order to identify the important industries and causal agents for occupational hand dermatitis (OHD), patients seen in the Contact Dermatitis Clinic of the National Taiwan University Medical Center were interviewed and examined. Patch testing was carried out, using the European standard series and suspected allergens on patients suspected of having allergic skin diseases. OHD was diagnosed according to medical history, work exposure, physical examination and patch test findings. Of the 448 patients with hand dermatitis seen between 1987 and 1993, 36% were diagnosed as having OHD. Electronics, hairdressing, and the medical, chemical and construction industries were the most prominent sectors associated with OHD. In the patients with OHD, 58.5% had irritant contact dermatitis (ICD) and 41.5% allergic contact dermatitis (ACD). Dorsal fingers, nail folds and dorsal hands were most frequently involved in patients with ACD; dorsal fingers, volar fingers and fingertips were most frequently involved with those with ICD. Patients with atopic history and palm involvement were more likely to have ICD, and those with nail fold involvement more likely to have ACD. In patients with ACD, the most important allergens were dichromate, nickel, cobalt, fragrance mix, epoxy resin, thiuram mix, and p-phenylenediamine.
Descriptors (primary) occupational pathology; hand; dermatitis; skin diseases
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; sensitization dermatitis; chemical industry; Taiwan (China); skin allergies; eczema; frequency rates; construction industry; health services; hairdressing; skin tests; electronics industry; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceTaiwan (China)
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Electronics industry
Skin diseases