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Document ID (ISN)67935
CIS number 96-2179
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Riordan A.T., Nahass G.T.
Title Occupational vitiligo following allergic contact dermatitis
Bibliographic information May 1996, Vol.34, No.5, p.371-372. Illus. 9 ref.
Abstract Occupational leukoderma may be clinically indistinguishable from idiopathic vitiligo. The case of a 40-year old fire fighter is reported. He had a previous history of localized vitiligo and thiuram contact sensitivity, and developed dermatitis due to contact with fire-fighting gear. Widespread depigmentation developed in areas affected by the dermatitis, suggesting that the progression of his vitiligo was precipitated by allergic contact dermatitis. This contrasts with previous reports of repigmentation in patients with vitiligo after allergic contact dermatitis. It is possible that the heat and sweat of fire-fighting released chemical depigmenting agents from protective clothing, initiating both the dermatitis and its progression to vitiligo. The lack of reaction to protective clothing on patch testing suggests that these materials were biologically unavailable under normal conditions.
Descriptors (primary) sensitization dermatitis; leukoderma; fire services
Descriptors (secondary) fire fighting; case study; protective clothing
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Skin diseases