April 1950


Author Affiliations

Pathologist in the Youngstown Hospital Association YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO
From the Department of Surgery of the Youngstown Hospital Association.

Arch Surg. 1950;60(4):783-786. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1950.01250010804014

IN THE past few years there has been considerable interest shown in the lesions produced by the beryllium salts. The pulmonary complications have been the most serious (involving several deaths) and have thus received the foremost attention of the investigators in this field.

The cutaneous lesions caused by beryllium poisoning, although less spectacular than the pulmonary complications, are certainly significant. Grier, Nash and Freiman1 have outlined these lesions as follows:

1. Contact dermatitis

2. Skin ulcer

3. Lesions arising spontaneously in patients with the chronic type of lung disease (pulmonary granulomatosis)

4. Subcutaneous granuloma occurring in persons who cut themselves on fluorescent lamps

With the increase in the use of fluorescent lamps, an increase in the lesions caused by cuts from them is to be expected. Not only the industrial physician but the general practitioner and the general surgeon will see this lesion and should be familiar with its

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