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Document ID (ISN)75455
CIS number 00-1406
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kanerva L., Alanko K.
Title Occupational allergic contact urticaria from maleic anhydride
Bibliographic information Mar. 2000, Vol.42, No.3, p.170-172. 15 ref.
Abstract A 32-year-old non-atopic process operator presented rhinitis, dyspnoea, conjunctivitis and whealing, the respiratory symptoms preceding the skin symptoms. He had worked as a carpenter and with cement, and for 3 years in a firm manufacturing polyester resin prior to onset. His job was to pour maleic anhydride granules from 25kg bags into a 1000kg vessel. He used a fresh-air helmet because of the dust. His skin symptoms were itchy wheals. Based on anamnestic data, prick tests, RASTs and a provocation test, it was concluded that the patient had occupational allergic IgE-mediated rhinoconjunctivitis and contact urticaria from maleic anhydride. Because of the risk of occupational asthma, he was advised not to continue his job.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; maleic anhydride; allergic respiratory disorders; urticaria; plastics
Descriptors (secondary) immunoglobulins; case study; dyspnoea; skin tests; conjunctivitis; allergy tests; allergic rhinitis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Chemicals, plastics and rubber
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Allergies
Skin diseases