Cases of iododerma and iodism1 from iodized oil have previously been reported. In a review of the literature, however, no fatal case of iododerma has been encountered following the injection of iodized oil into the lung.
A very interesting case of fatal iododerma was recently reported by Eller and Fox.2 These authors also reviewed the literature on the subject. Their case presented a polymorphous type of eruption. The individual lesions varied from small fleshy papules and crusted nodules to large fungating granulomatous tumors.
The dangers of the injection of iodized oil have been well expressed by the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association.3 The fact is emphasized that this is distinctly a surgical procedure involving more or less risk, and that before such a diagnostic measure is instituted the advantages and disadvantages of such a procedure should be carefully considered.
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Goldstein DW. FATAL IODODERMA FOLLOWING INJECTION OF IODIZED OIL FOR PULMONARY DIAGNOSIS. JAMA. 1936;106(19):1659–1660. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.92770190001013
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