In recent years the inhalation of the beryllium dusts has become a well recognized industrial hazard.1 Van Ordstrand2 and others have described acute pulmonary lesions and Hardy and Tabershaw3 have described chronic pulmonary lesions associated with the industrial uses of this metal.
Four types of cutaneous lesions have been reported as resulting from exposure to beryllium salts:
Gelman, Van Ordstrand and others described a contact dermatitis after exposure to dust and fumes of beryllium sulfate, fluoride and oxyfluoride.
Gelman and Van Ordstrand also reported ulcers which result from the implantation of crystals of beryllium sulfate in a laceration. These lesions do not heal unless the crystal of beryllium salt is removed.
Hardy and Tabershaw,3 and Pyre and Oatway4 have described cutaneous lesions which developed in patients with pulmonary granulomatosis. These lesions appeared from six months to five and one-half years after cessation of work with beryllium
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