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Two cases of occupational allergic contact dermatitis from a cycloaliphatic epoxy resin in a neat oil: Case Report

Authors
  • Jensen, Charlotte D1
  • Andersen, Klaus E1
  • 1 Odense University Hospital, University of Southern Denmark, Odense and National Allergy Research Centre, Department of Dermatology, Gentofte, Denmark , Gentofte (Denmark)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Environmental Health
Publisher
BioMed Central
Publication Date
Mar 26, 2003
Volume
2
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/1476-069X-2-3
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

BackgroundMetal-working fluids contain complex mixtures of chemicals and metal workers constitute a potential risk group for the development of allergic contact dermatitis.Case presentationTwo metal workers developed allergic contact dermatitis on the hands and lower arms from exposure to a neat oil used in metal processing. Patch testing revealed that the relevant contact allergen was a cycloaliphatic epoxy resin, 1,2-cyclohexanedicarboxylic acid, bis(oxiranylmethyl) ester, added to the oil as a stabilizer. None of the patients had positive reactions to the bisphenol A-based epoxy resin in the standard series.ConclusionsThese cases emphasize that well-known contact allergens may show up from unexpected sources of exposure. Further, it can be a long-lasting, laborious process to detect an occupational contact allergen and cooperation from the patient and the manufacturer of the sensitizing product is essential.

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