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March 17, 1999

Powder-Free Protein-Poor Natural Rubber Latex Gloves and Latex Sensitization

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(11):988. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-11-jbk0317

To the Editor: Dental students who use natural rubber latex (NRL) gloves are at risk for sensitization to latex.1,2 Although use of low-protein powder-free NRL gloves might reduce latex sensitization in these students,2 Sussman et al3 failed to show that the incidence of sensitization was related to high protein levels and cornstarch powder.

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