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Document ID (ISN)78361
CIS number 02-798
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Spoo J., Elsner P.
Title Cement burns: A review 1960-2000
Bibliographic information Aug. 2001, Vol.45, No.2, p.68-71. Illus. 29 ref.
Abstract The literature on cement burns of the skin published during the last 4 decades is reviewed. 51 case reports were analysed with special regard to common modes of injury, localization of cement exposure, preventive measures taken and treatment. Cement burns are occupational injuries, but they also involve consumers during do-it-yourself work. In 49% of the cases, no attempt to protect the skin had been made. The majority of injuries were located on the lower legs and knees. Full-thickness burns were reported in 66% of cases. Surgery had to be performed in 34% of the cases. Cement burns can be avoided by adequate skin protection (boots, work trousers, gloves). Although acute cement injuries may seem rare, prospective studies should be carried out for correct estimation of prevalence. The need for information on the harmful properties of cement in the occupational as well as domestic environment is emphasized.
Descriptors (primary) chemical burns; cement
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; case study; location of injury; ulceration of the skin; necrosis; Germany
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Cement and concrete