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May 1980

Aplastic Anemia Associated With Rubber Cement Used by a Marathon Runner

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis (Drs Reese and Cardamone); and the Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis (Dr Roodman). Dr Reese is now with the Jackson (Tenn) Clinic Professional Association.

Arch Intern Med. 1980;140(5):703. doi:10.1001/archinte.1980.00330170119036

• Marathon runners are subject to many unique physical problems, especially blistering of the feet. Once the feet have become blistered, some runners use rubber cement, which contains benzene as an impurity, to keep adhesive tape in place over the denuded areas while running. We report the case of a marathon runner who used rubber cement in this fashion for more than one year in whom aplastic anemia developed.

(Arch Intern Med 140:703, 1980)