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October 14, 1968

Radioactive Gold Dermatitis

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JAMA. 1968;206(3):647. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150030103032

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To the Editor:—  I would like to add to the answer of a question on "Contact Dermatitis From Gold Wedding Ring" (205:318, 1968).Dr. Fisher points out that true allergic contact dermatitis due to gold is quite rare. We have lately encountered six cases of skin reactions from gold jewelry contaminated with radon deposit. The skin reaction from a contaminated wedding ring is illustrated in a recent article (200:254, 1967).Currently, the State Health Department of New York is investigating the prevalence of such contaminated jewelry. Perhaps your questioner can send his ring to the nearest radiologist or to me to test it for the presence of radium D and radium E.