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February 1968

Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Proparacaine

Author Affiliations

New York; Staten Island, NY
From University Hospital (Dr. March), and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York (Dr. Greenwood).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;79(2):159-160. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.03850040161008

An atypical contact dermatitis to a proparacaine ophthalmic solution provoked drying and fissuring of the fingertips of an ophthalmologist. Patch testing proved the proparacaine to be the cause, and the dermatitis ceased when other anesthetic agents were substituted.