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Document ID (ISN)78606
CIS number 02-850
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gielen K., Goossens A.
Title Occupational allergic contact dermatitis from drugs in healthcare workers
Bibliographic information Nov. 2001, Vol.45, No.5, p.273-279. Illus. 41 ref.
Abstract Contact sensitivity to pharmaceutical drugs occurs mainly among healthcare workers, pharmaceutical industry operators and veterinary surgeons. Of the 14,689 patients suspected of contact allergy examined in the dermatology department of a university hospital between 1978 and 2001, occupational allergic contact dermatitis from drugs was diagnosed in 33 cases. The most common sensitizers were antibiotics including penicillins, cephalosporins, and aminoglycosides. They accounted altogether for 35 positive patch tests, followed by propacetamol hydrochloride, and ranitidine hydrochloride, which elicited 10 and 7 positive reactions, respectively. The highest number of the sensitized patients were nurses (26), followed by veterinarians (4), pharmacists (2) and medical doctors (1).
Descriptors (primary) pharmaceutical products; health care personnel; eczema
Descriptors (secondary) sensitization dermatitis; acetaminophen; aminoglycoside antibiotics; cephalosporins; penicillins; ranitidine; dermatological services; dermatitis; diagnosis; dermatological examinations; veterinary services; skin tests; medical examinations; skin allergies
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBelgium
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Skin diseases