The development of a cutaneous inflammation subsequent to contact with a chemical is, of course, familiar. The term dermatitis venenata is applied to the various conditions due to chemical irritation. Recently I have observed several cases in which it was apparent that the instigating chemical agent was present in the lacquer on the boxes of mah jongg sets. It is my purpose in this communication to call attention to this etiologic factor in the production of a form of dermatitis which promises to become common.
REPORT OF CASE
J. B., a man, aged 26, a silk salesman, was referred by his physician as suffering from a vesicular inflammation of the skin. The history, as described, was that for one week the eyelids had been swollen, and that the skin of the adjacent cheeks had shown vesicles on an inflammatory base. Similar lesions had developed prior to this on the fingers
LEVIN OL. DERMATITIS VENENATA FROM THE LACQUER ON THE BOXES OF MAH JONGG SETS. JAMA. 1924;82(6):465. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650320035011