Although sensitivity to various woods is well known, a search of the literature failed to reveal a reported instance of dermatitis due to mesquite wood. However, Shelmire1 stated that he has observed a patient with proved sensitivity to this wood. It was therefore thought advisable to record this case in order that mesquite could be added to the list of trees known to produce dermatitis venenata.2
The mesquite tree (Prosopis juliflora) belongs to the family Leguminosae, or pod-bearing trees. There are seventeen genera and over thirty species of pod bearers native to North America, the best known of which are the various species of locust trees. The mesquite is found in arid and semiarid regions, ranging from Texas to southern California and north to Colorado and Utah.
REPORT OF CASE
C. S. H., a white man aged 56, was first examined March 24, 1940, at which time he
Stewart CD. DERMATITIS DUE TO MESQUITE WOOD: Report of a Case. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(5):937. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490170187018
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